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HAVA (Help America Vote Act of 2002)

The Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) is a federal program that reformed aspects of the United States election system. The law was prompted by voting issues encountered in the contested Presidential election of 2000. 

HAVA has four components, including: 

  • budgeting nearly three billion dollars to U.S. states to:replace punch card voting systems
  • creating the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) to assist in the administration of Federal elections
  • providing assistance with the administration of certain Federal election laws
  • establishing minimum election administration standards.

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The full text of the Help America Vote Act is available at FEC.gov.

This was last updated in March 2011

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