Bush v. Gore

What Hath HAVA Wrought? Consequences, Intended and Not, of the Post-Bush v. Gore Reforms

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Charles Stewart III
The Help America Vote Act (HAVA)1 is the most important direct federal response to the 2000 electoral fiasco in Florida. HAVA had many provisions, some directly inspired by the controversy, others that came along for the ride. In addition to mandating certain changes in how states conducted federal elections, HAVA appropriated $3b for the improvement of voting systems, most of which went to purchase new voting machines.
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