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Help America Vote Act

The Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA), enacted by Congress on October 29, 2002, is the most significant piece of federal election reform legislation in the past 30 years. The federal law seeks to enhance the accessibility and integrity of elections across the country and authorizes federal funding to assist states in meeting the law's requirements. HAVA presents Maine with an exciting opportunity to enhance our elections with an unprecedented level of resources.

In Maine, our election laws and practices are strong and we are already in compliance with several of the federal requirements contained in the Help America Vote Act. However, with the appropriate federal funding authorized by HAVA, Maine is improving the integrity and administrative efficiency of the voter registration process, expanding existing poll worker training and voter education and outreach programs, and ensuring that every polling location is equipped with voting equipment designed to ensure people with disabilities have the same access and privacy that others have when casting a ballot.

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