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Help America Vote Act (HAVA)

Definition: Help America Vote Act (HAVA)


The Help America Vote Act, HAVA, signed into law in 2002, says that each state has to report to the Election Assistance Commission, in order to receive federal funding for elections. States have to meet minimum requirements in terms of polling place and voting machine accessibility, computerized voter registration (including removing those deceased or ineligible from voting rolls) voter identification requirements, and the ability for voters who believe themselves to be registered to cast a provisional ballot, ensuring their vote will be counted if it's later proven they were eligible to vote.

If you have any questions about your rights as a voter today, here's a list of links to each state's Secretary of State website.

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