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Committee on AdministrationIntroducedJanuary 7th, 2015
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What is House Bill H.R. 195?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 195
HAVA was passed in response to the 2000 presidential elections, which raised some concerns about election regulation — y’know, hanging chads, Al Gore, recounts, nine people voting for the president instead of 300 some odd million. The EAC was created as part of its passage. It tests voting systems, puts out voting guidelines, and implements grant programs.
Distributing the funds approved by HAVA is a huge part of EAC's job. This includes money for things like replacing punch card and lever systems with electronic machines, making polling places accessible for people with disabilities, and recruiting students to work the polls. Sponsoring Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS) maintains that all that stuff has been done — so the EAC should be, too.
It's important to note that the EAC doesn’t have any enforcements power; that’s all up to the U.S. Attorney General.
This isn’t the first time that Harper has tangled with the EAC. Back in 2009, he was one of the Congress members who called on Commissioner Gracia Hillman to resign amid findings that the EAC refused to hire Republicans. In the previous Congress, he introduced a similar bill calling for the dissolution of the EAC.
The League of Women Voters (Opposed)