Help America Vote Act
From the NYS Assembly • Sheldon Silver, Speaker
Keith Wright • Chair, Election Law Committee
Assembly works to modernize elections
Florida’s dysfunctional voting system during the 2000 presidential election highlighted the need to overhaul the nation’s voting process. It’s quite obvious that our election system relies on antiquated equipment and procedures. Modernizing and improving our electoral process will ensure voter confidence and encourage broader participation.
The Help America Vote Act of 2002 is a federal program designed to help states create a uniform, computerized voter registration list and assist states with establishing standardized, electronic voting machines. In order to receive federal funds, each state must design a plan, pass enabling legislation, and appropriate state funds to meet HAVA requirements. The process must also include citizen participation and public review.
Assembly creates plan to prepare New York for 21st century voting
The Assembly passed a legislative package that makes New York eligible to receive federal funding to modernize the election process – ensuring New York’s compliance with HAVA. Specifically, the package would:
It is the Assembly’s goal to adopt a system that works for the voters. We can help increase voter turnout and empower all New Yorkers with a voting process that is reliable and user-friendly. Elections are the lifeblood of our democracy, but they are meaningless without public trust. The Assembly’s package will help ensure voter confidence in New York elections.
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