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.
- creating a new federal agency to serve as a clearinghouse for election administration information;
- providing funds to states to improve election administration and replace outdated voting systems; and
- creating minimum standards for states to follow in several key areas of election administration.
Department of Justice Activities
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