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Help America Vote Act of 2002
The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002 was signed into law by President George W. Bush on October 29, 2002. HAVA was spurred, at least in part, by reaction to the debacle of the 2000 presidential election where millions of ballots were disqualified. HAVA replaced punch card voting systems, created the Election Assistance Commission (EAC), and established minimum election administration standards, and other election changes. Criticism of HAVA is centered around its support for electronic machines, which may be less reliable than punch card machines, especially Direct Record Electronic (DRE), or "touch screen" machines.

The Holt Bill
The Holt Bill, H.R. 811, entitled the Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2007, is intended to amend the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002. While the bill is a good step to correcting the problems created with HAVA, it allows the continued use of DREs, or "touch-screen" machines. The Issue Wonk believes this is a mistake and that DREs should be banned.

Vote Caging
In her testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, former Justice Department liaison to the White House Monica Goodling referred to "vote caging" conducted by interim-appointed U.S. Attorney Tim Griffin. Yet no one followed up on her statement, probably because few understand what vote caging is. It seems appropriate to delve into the practice of vote caging and allegations that the Republican Party engaged in it during the 2004 presidential election.

Voter Registration Drive or Voter Fraud?
What's with all the hoopla about ACORN? The GOP is claiming the community organization is perpetrating voter fraud. But, is it? What does the law say about gathering voter registrations? And, if ACORN is not involved in voter fraud, why is the GOP making such a fuss?

Voting 2012

Voting in the 2008 Election
The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002 was supposed to make voting easier and provide more accurate ballot counting. But it didn't. Various problems are predicted for the 2008 election, among them limiting voters through identification laws, purging voters from the rolls, and electronic voting machines.

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