HELP AMERICA VOTE ACT OF 2002
ABOUT THE NEW LAW
On October 29, 2002, President Bush signed into law the "Help America Vote Act of 2002, commonly referred to as HAVA, Pub. L. No. 107-252, 116 Stat. 1666 (2002), 42 U.S.C. 15301 to 15545. The legislation aims to improve the administration of elections in the United States, primarily through three means:
- 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- providing funds to states to improve election administration and replace outdated voting systems
- creating minimum standards for states to follow in several key areas of election administration
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THE IMPACT OF HAVA ON ELECTIONS IN LOUISIANA
The new HAVA legislation mandated a number of changes in the way elections are conducted, and introduced several requirements designed to improve the voting process. Federal funds have been made available to the Secretary of State's Office through the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to assist with improving election administration, replacing lever-operated voting machines and punch cards with new voting equipment, updating the statewide purchasing new equipment and voting machines, improving voter accessibility to voting systems and polling places, training elections officials and poll workers, and educating the voters of Louisiana.
All official complaints concerning non-compliance with HAVA legislation should be reported to the State Board of Election Supervisors by forwarding the complain to the Secretary of State's office utilizing the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) Complaint Form (HAVA-COM).
State Board of Elections Supervisors Help America Vote Act Complaint I-2004 (Complainant: Larry L. Glascock)