Federal Voting Laws Info

Educate yourself on the federal laws that govern your right to vote, including:

Help America Vote Act

The Help America Vote Act – also known as HAVA of 2002 was passed by the U.S. Congress to make sweeping reforms to the nation’s voting process. HAVA addresses improvements to voting systems and voter access that were identified following the 2000 election.

Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act

Congress passed the MOVE Act to provide greater protections for service members, their families and other overseas citizens.  The MOVE Act requires states to transmit validly-requested absentee ballots to voters no later than 45 days before a federal election, when the request has been received by that date, except where the state has been granted an undue hardship waiver approved by the Department of Defense for that election. The MOVE Act amended the Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act.

National Voter Registration Act

Also known as The Motor Voter Act, the National Voter Registration Act is a piece of federal legislation that took effect on Jan. 1, 1995 requiring state governments to offer voter registration opportunities to any eligible person who applies for or renews a driver’s license, requiring states to register applicants that use a federal voter registration form to apply, and prohibiting states from removing registered voters from the voter rolls unless certain criteria are met.

The Voting Rights Act

A law passed in 1965. It eliminated various devices, such as literacy tests, that had traditionally been used to restrict voting of minorities.

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