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The Help America Vote Act of 2002


On October 29, 2002, President Bush signed the "Help America Vote Act of 2002," (HAVA), Pub. L. No. 107-252, 116 Stat. 1666 (2002) into law.  The HAVA is codified at 42 U.S.C. 15301 to 15545.  After the House of Representatives, on December 12, 2001, and the Senate on April 11, 2002, passed differing versions of H.R. 3295, joint conferees were named to reconcile the differences and adopted a conference report on October 8, 2002, which was then passed by the House and Senate without amendment.

The Help America Vote Act of 2002

The legislation aims to improve the administration of elections in the United States, primarily through three means:
  1. creating a new federal agency to serve as a clearinghouse for election administration information;
  2. providing funds to states to improve election administration and replace outdated voting systems; and
  3. creating minimum standards for states to follow in several key areas of election administration.

Department of Justice Activities

Under Section 401, the Attorney General has enforcement authority for the uniform and nondiscriminatory election technology and administration requirements that apply to States under Sections 301, 302, and 303.

The United States has enforced HAVA through both litigation and by informing jurisdictions of the Department's views on the Act's requirements.

  • The Department of Justice has released a guide to improving accessibility of polling places for disabled voters.
                 ADA Checklist for Polling Places

  • Help America Vote Act - FAQ's

Department of Health and Human Services Activities

The Department of Health and Human Services has further information about HAVA.    

   Election Assistance Commission Activities

The Election Assistance Commission has further information about HAVA.

   National Institute of Standards and Technology Activities

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has further information about HAVA.
General Information Voting Section
Contact

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Telephone - (202) 307-2767
Fax - (202) 307-3961
Email - voting.section@usdoj.gov Complaint form
Mailing Contact

Voting Section
Civil Rights Division
U.S. Department of Justice
Room 7254 - NWB
950 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20530

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