The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) is an item of United States federal election law signed in to law on October 29, 2002. Under HAVA, a new federal voter registration form was created. HAVA guarantees the ability of individuals to cast a provisional ballot and have the validity of their registration checked later if they do not appear on voter registration rolls.

MAIN POINTS OF HAVA

The law requires:

  • voters to show ID before voting
  • states to provide provisional ballots for voters whose registration status is unclear when they arrive to vote
  • states to provide a way for those with impaired vision or hearing to cast a secret ballot
  • states to make polling locations and voting machines accessible to voters with physical disabilities
  • voting machines to allow voters to verify ballots before they are cast
  • voters be able to correct a mistake or leave a blank, i.e., not cast a vote in a particular contest
  • voters be notified if they "misvote," i.e., cast votes for two different candidates running for the same office. Voters must also be told if a misvote will void their ballot
  • voting systems to leave a record that can be audited
  • voting systems to leave a permanent paper record that can be used as an official record should a recount become necessary
  • that states, in some cases, provide ballots for voters who don't speak English
  • states to create and maintain electronic voter registration databases and improve efforts to remove ineligible voters from the registration rolls
  • states to offer sample ballots for voters to review before the date of the election
  • absentee voters to provide copies of IDs or an ID number for voter verification, but states must maintain the secrecy of the vote

HELPFUL LINKS:

Florida Department of State

U.S. Election Assistance Commission

Transparent Secure Democracy
Wendy Sartory Link
Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections
MAIN OFFICE: 240 South Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33415
P.O. Box 22309, West Palm Beach, FL 33416
P: (561) 656-6200 | F: (561) 656-6287
Hours for All Offices: M - F: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
NORTH COUNTY BRANCH OFFICE
Northeast County Courthouse
3188 P.G.A. Blvd.
Rm. #2401
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

P: (561) 624-6555
F: (561) 624-6572
SOUTH COUNTY BRANCH OFFICE
Southeast PBC Administrative Complex
345 South Congress Avenue
Rm. #103
Delray Beach, FL 33445

P: (561) 276-1226
F: (561) 276-1321
WEST COUNTY BRANCH OFFICE
West County Office Building
2976 State Road #15
Second Floor
Belle Glade, FL 33430

P: (561) 992-1114
F: (561) 992-1219
SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS SERVICE CENTER
7835 Central Industrial Drive
Riviera Beach, FL 33404

P: (561) 840-4588
F: (561) 840-4591
Vote by Mail Requests
votebymail@pbcelections.org
General Information
info@pbcelections.org
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