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The Election Assistance Commission (EAC) was created by Congress under the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA), legislation authored to improve the administration of elections for federal offices through funding, guidance and policy development. HAVA provides funding to state and local election districts to support upgrading systems for casting votes, registering voters in statewide voter registration databases, providing provisional voting options, and implementing other improvements to the administration of federal elections such as training for election officials and poll workers, polling place accessibility improvements, and information on how and where to vote.

 

Through September 30, 2016, a total of $3,248,946,2311 in grant funds plus an additional $352,759,159 in accrued interest has been made available to the 50 states, American Samoa, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the United States Virgin Islands (hereinafter referred to as ‘states’) through HAVA. States have reported total expenditures of $3,292,826,478, aggregately surpassing the principal amount awarded through HAVA.

 

 

1 This includes $300.3 million in Section 102 funds that were appropriated for the replacement of punch card or lever voting machines. Thirty States received Section 102 funds. States were required to expend funds under this section by November 2010 and return any remaining funds to EAC for disbursement as Section 251 funds.

 

     HAVA SECTION 101 Funds    

A total of $349,182,267 was disbursed to states in 2003 under Section 101 of HAVA, which provided funds to states for activities to improve the administration of federal elections. As of September 30, 2016, states reported total expenditures of $343,003,676, which is 98% of the original award amounts and 86% of total funds available when accrued interest is included. Twenty-six (26) states have spent all of their Section 101 funds and interest and another thirteen (13) states have spent at least 90% of their funds. Table 1 provides a full accounting of expenditures by state.

 

 

Table 1    Section 101 HAVA Funds as of September 30, 2016

State

Funds Received

Interest Earned

Expenditures

Balance

ALABAMA

$4,989,605

$445,493

$ 4,817,434

$617,665

ALASKA*

$5,000,000

$652,810

$5,000,000

$652,810

AMERICAN SAMOA

$1,000,000

$66,224

$1,000,000

$66,224

ARIZONA*

$5,451,369

$1,010,134

$2,095,600

$4,365,903

ARKANSAS

$3,593,165

$226,288

$3,819,453

(0)

CALIFORNIA

$26,804,708

$2,631,427

$26,587,559

$2,848,576

COLORADO

$4,860,306

$1,048,652

$5,159,190

$749,768

CONNECTICUT

$5,000,000

$682,868

$5,682,868

(0)

DELAWARE*

$5,000,000

$472,080

$5,467,766

$4,314

DIST. OF COLUMBIA

$5,000,000

$408,108

$5,000,000

$408,108

FLORIDA

$14,447,580

$1,797,031

$13,884,422

$2,360,189

GEORGIA

$7,816,328

$698,741

$8,634,255

$(119,185)

GUAM

$1,000,000

$12,773

$1,012,773

(0)

HAWAII

$5,000,000

$1,343,275

$3,323,042

$3,020,233

IDAHO

$5,000,000

$1,807,418

$6,807,418

(0)

ILLINOIS

$11,129,030

$1,254,098

$12,383,128

(0)

INDIANA *

$6,230,481

$938,781

$7,196,262

$(27,000)

IOWA*

$5,000,000

$684,225

$5,449,329

$234,896

KANSAS

$5,000,000

$1,310,653

$2,916,433

$3,394,220

KENTUCKY

$4,699,196

$978,404

$5,677,600

(0)

LOUISIANA

$4,911,421

$935,421

$5,846,842

(0)

MAINE

$5,000,000

$611,350

$5,531,096

$80,254

MARYLAND*

$5,636,731

$1,310,653

$2,916,433

$4,030,951

MASSACHUSETTS

$6,590,381

$904,363

$7,494,744

(0)

Section 101 HAVA Funds as of September 30, 2016

Table 1 Cont.

 

 

 

 

 

State

Total Section 101

Funds Received

 

Interest Earned

 

Expenditures

 

Balance

Michigan

$9,207,323

$1,539,636

$2,194,720

$8,552,239

Minnesota

$5,313,786

$64,724

$5,378,510

(0)

Mississippi

$3,673,384

$443,499.57

$4,116,883.57

(0)

Missouri

$5,875,170

$945,672

$6,693,768

$127,074

Montana

$5,000,000

$391,010

$5,001,732

$389,278

Nebraska

$5,000,000

$998,292

$5,998,292

(0)

Nevada

$5,000,000

$452,843

$5,452,843

(0)

New Hampshire*

$5,000,000

$1,097,737

$2,375,032

$3,722,705

New Jersey

$8,141,208

$650,000

$8,167,547

$623,661

New Mexico

$5,000,000

$292,244

$5,292,244

(0)

New York

$16,494,325

$3,311,078

$15,932,692

$3,872,711

North Carolina

$7,887,740

$719,611

$9,495,422

$(888,071)

North Dakota

$5,000,000

$63,997

$5,063,997

(0)

Ohio

$10,384,931

$426,837

$10,811,768

(0)

Oklahoma

$5,000,000

$353,009

$5,178,450

$174,559

Oregon

$4,203,776

$59,199

$4,262,975

(0)

Pennsylvania

$11,323,168

$1,301,492

$12,624,660

(0)

Puerto Rico

$3,151,144

$324,130

$3,455,882

$19,392

Rhode Island

$5,000,000

$140,275

$5,140,275

(0)

South Carolina

$4,652,412

$874,690

$5,295,412

$231,690

South Dakota

$5,000,000

$1,914,886

$3,092,781

$3,822,105

Tennessee

$6,004,507

$1,018,831

$5,065,445

$1,957,893

Texas

$17,206,595

$3,616,896

$15,427,932

$5,395,559

Utah

$3,090,943

$560,156

$3,651,099

(0)

Vermont

$5,000,000

$580,051

$5,580,051

(0)

Virgin Islands*

$1,000,000

$21,806

$1,000,000

$21,806

Virginia

$7,105,890

$1,130,578

$7,637,378

$599,090

Washington

$6,098,449

$259,047

$6,357,496

(0)

West Virginia

$2,977,057

$104,747

$3,081,804

(0)

Wisconsin

$5,694,036

$1,760,283

$5,241,563

$2,212,756

Wyoming

$5,000,000

$1,571,649

$5,231,377

$1,340,272

TOTAL**

$348,646,145

$49,220,175