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Tue, 10.29.2002

The ‘Help America Vote Act’ is Signed

*On this date in 2002, the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) became law.  This is a United States federal law that was signed into law by President George W. Bush. The bill was drafted (at least in part) in reaction to the controversy surrounding the 2000 U.S. presidential election when the Florida Central Voter File disqualified almost two million ballots because they registered multiple or none when run through vote-counting machines.  The goals of HAVA are:

  • Replace punch card and lever-based voting systems.
  • Create the Election Assistance Commission to assist in the administration of federal elections; and
  • establish minimum election administration standards.

HAVA mandates that all states and localities upgrade many aspects of their election procedures, including their voting machines, registration processes, and poll worker training. The specifics of implementation have been left up to each state, which allows for varying interpretations of federal law.  


New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

1. A black woman speaks of white womanhood. What gives her the right? --slavery, lynching, etc have to do with white women. 2. Would like to speak of it as... A Black Woman Speaks by Beah Richards
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