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  • Take the Counties Into Account: The Help America Vote Act in New York State

    The 2000 presidential election went down as one of the most eventful in history due to the problems voters had voting in Florida in a very close election. In 2002, Congress passed a bipartisan piece of legislation called the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (hereinafter “HAVA”), which sought to remedy some of the problems with the contentious 2000 election through the modernization of voting systems. Although HAVA does not require a certain type of voting machine, it does mandate that states replace lever voting machines with electronic machines that meet the requirements for voting systems standards laid out in 42 USC § 15481.