Help America Vote Act Law & Legal Definition


The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) is a United States federal law which came into force in the year 2002. The act was enacted to attain certain goals like:

1. Replacing punch card voting system;

2. Creation of Election Assistance Commission to assist in the administration of Federal elections; and

3. Establishing minimum election administration standards.

The Act provides funds for States to replace punch card voting systems and other resources for improving federal election administration. HAVA established US Election Assistance Commission (EAC )which provides information and guidance about laws, procedures, and technologies affecting Federal election administration. . Further,,HAVA mandates that all states and localities upgrade many aspects of their election procedures, including their voting machines, registration processes and poll worker training.