Losing Votes by Mail
Author(s)Stewart, Charles H., III
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Introduction: The 2000 election was a wake-up call for America, demonstrating the vulnerability of the democratic process to breakdowns of voting technology, election law, and election administration. It shamed states and the federal government into action, yielding, in its most expansive (and expensive) manifestation, the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002.1 HAVA contained many provisions; the one that most concretely addressed the Florida recount controversy required states to phase out mechanical lever machines and punch card voting. Hundreds of millions of federal dollars were authorized to underwrite this requirement.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Political Science
New York University Journal of Legislation and Public Policy
New York University School of Law
Stewart III, Charles. "Losing Votes by Mail." New York University Journal of Legislation and Public Policy, Symposium Issue - Helping America Vote: The Past, Present, and Future of Election Administration, 13.3 (Fall 2010): 573-601.
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