Help America Vote Act: A New Pattern in State Election Reform
Congress enacted the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) in 2002. Supporters of HAVA would indicate that it is one of the few times that the federal government has established a national program that relies on the states to determine the best methods of implementing the mandates and goals, while opponents would point to its lack of clear direction and clear authority of the federal government to determine whether a program is meeting its objectives.
About the Author
R. Doug Lewis is executive director of The Election Center, a national nonpartisan, nonprofit organization serving elections and voter-registration professionals. A certified elections/registration administrator, his contributions include authoring the Professional Education Program for elections/registration officials, developing of the first Code of Ethics for voter-registration and elections administrators, establishing the Professional Practices Papers program and establishing a National Task Force on Election Reform to study the 2000 presidential election.