The Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) was signed into law in October 2002. [See full text in PDF]. It created a new federal agency, the Election Assistance Commission, to serve as a national clearinghouse on election information and to provide federal standards for voting systems. It required California and every other state to implement sweeping changes for the 2004 Presidential election.
We wrote a letter to Secretary of State McPherson urging him to change the rules for processing voter registrations (March 2006).
California and HAVA
What does the Secretary of State's Ad Hoc Touch Screen Task Force recommend? The report of the Ad Hoc Touch Screen Task Force.
More Information Nationwide
- League of Women Voters U.S. about HAVA
- HAVA from Demos: A Network for Ideas and Action
History: The 2003 Hearings
The California Secretary of State held hearings during May 2003 in preparation for publishing a State Plan detailing how the mandates will be met.