Help America Vote Act

Help America Vote Act (HAVA)

The Help America Vote Act of 2002 was passed by Congress and signed by President Bush to help states and counties improve the election process throughout the country. The law requires the establishment of a statewide voter registration system, increased voter education programs and poll worker training, increased disabled access to the polls and encourages updating of election systems and equipment in the counties. Along with these mandates, the federal government is sending the state funding to help in accomplishing them.

State Planning Committee Meeting Minutes

Idaho State Help America Vote Plan [PDF] – Amended 2008

HAVA Administrative Complaint Form [PDF]

Voter’s Rights

Members of State Planning Committee

Impact of federal election reform in Idaho

HAVA Payments to Idaho

Help America Vote Act—Text and Summary (Election Assistance Commission)

Press Release – July 31, 2008 – Secretary of State Ben Ysursa today announced his office is seeking public comments on proposed amendments to the Idaho Help America Vote Act (HAVA) plan [PDF].

Press Release – May 02, 2007 – Secretary of State Ben Ysursa announces certification of upgrades to the Election Systems and Software optical scan voting system.

Press Release – March 28, 2007 – Secretary of State Ben Ysursa announces certification hearings for the latest upgrades to the Election Systems and Software optical scan voting system. The public is encouraged to attend.

Press Release – May 16, 2006 – Secretary of State, Ben Ysursa, announces the new statewide polling place locator, available now on the web site. The Secretary also reminded voters that an accessible ballot marking device for voters that may have difficulty seeing, reading or marking the ballot will be available in each polling place in the state at the Primary Election on May 23rd.

Press Release – November 28, 2005 – Secretary of State, Ben Ysursa today entered into a contract to purchase one voting assistance terminal for each polling place making it possible for voters with disabilities to vote privately and independently as other voters.

Press Release – June 28, 2005 – Secretary of State Ysursa Announces Certification of Voting Systems.

Press Release – June 17, 2004 – Secretary of State Releases Notice of Planning Meeting and receipt of HAVA Funds.

Press Release – Notice of May 26, 2005 Certification Hearing for Voting System: Sequoia Voting Systems: DRE and Optical Scan Systems.

Press Release – Notice of April 21, 2005 Certification Hearing for Voting System: ES&S AutoMARK Ballot Marking Device, Model 100 and Model 650 Tabulators and Unity 2.5 Software.

Press Release – March 25, 2004 – Secretary of State Releases Revised Idaho Help America Vote Act State Plan

Press Release – January 26,2004 – Covansys Corporation and PCC Technology Group have been selected to provide Idaho’s centralized statewide voter registration system.

System Upgrade In Progress

Campaign Finance, Lobbyist Reporting, and Online Voter Tools are expected to be offline from April 9th at 5:00 p.m. MDT, through April 12th at 8:00 a.m. MDT to complete a system upgrade.

Per Idaho Code 67-6607, campaign finance is reported monthly during a campaign’s election year. The deadline for the March report falls on Saturday, April 10th. Due to the interruption caused by this upgrade, political treasurers will be allowed to file the March report until 11:59 p.m. MDT on Monday, April 12th.

While we do our best to ensure compliance with all deadlines in statute, the timing of this release is critical to ensure minimal (or no) impact to the May election cycle. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.