Help America Vote Act
From the NYS Assembly • Sheldon Silver, Speaker
Keith Wright • Chair, Election Law Committee
Kevin A. Cahill, RoAnn M. Destito, Helene E. Weinstein •
Members, HAVA Conference Committee
Assembly’s plan to comply with the Help America Vote Act makes voting efficient, easy for New Yorkers
The Assembly believes that the conference committee dealing with the Help America Vote Act of 2002 is the best way to come up with an agreement on the issue. HAVA 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. The process must also include citizen participation and public review.
The Assembly has a plan that will work for the voters. It will 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 plan will help ensure voter confidence in New York elections.
Making voting easy and efficient for New Yorkers
The joint Assembly-Senate conference committee is attempting to iron out the differences between each house’s legislation and come up with a comprehensive package. The following is a comparison of the Assembly’s and Senate’s plans.
Protecting the integrity of the electoral system and the privacy of voters
Making voting convenient for the disabled
Modernizing voting machines
The mess in Florida during the 2000 presidential election showed how important it is to have a functional voting system in place. The Assembly looks forward to working with the Senate in the conference committee to draft the best plan to comply with HAVA and make voting efficient and easy for New Yorkers. Modernizing and improving our electoral process will ensure voter confidence and encourage broader participation.
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