Public Comment Period for HAVA State Plan Amendments Begins

Contact: Jim Gavin

Secretary Rokita proposes changes to the Indiana State Plan to
implement the Help America Vote Act of 2002

(Indianapolis) - Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita today released for public comment proposed “material changes” and “minor edits” to the Indiana State Plan to implement the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) . According to the State Plan's amendment process, the Secretary of State proposes changes to the tri-partisan Vote Indiana Team and allows for a public comment period of 30 days. The changes are published in the Federal Register once the revised plan is submitted to the Election Assistance Commission.

Originally written in 2003 to serve as a blueprint for Indiana’s implementation of the Help America Vote Act of 2002, the State Plan is drafted and updated by the Vote Indiana Team, a tri-partisan team formed to represent a wide range of stakeholder groups. Secretary Rokita serves as chair of the Vote Indiana Team, which includes state and county election administrators; state legislators; and representatives of racial and ethnic minority communities, persons with disabilities, the Governor's office, the military, labor unions, students and the media. It also includes representatives of the state Democratic, Libertarian and Republican parties.

The public comment period begins today, July 29, and ends at 5 p.m. Eastern time on August 28. At the end of the public comment period, the Vote Indiana Team will reconvene and consider all comments received during the comment period and discuss the State Plan changes proposed by Secretary Rokita. After discussion, the Vote Indiana Team may approve the proposed amendment by consent or majority vote.

“In an information-based society, we can no longer use the same voting process that has been in place since Abraham Lincoln was elected president,” said Secretary Rokita. “With the Vote Indiana Team, we've guided Indiana through a tremendous era of election reform the past six years, and each meeting means Indiana voters and taxpayers benefit from commonsense reforms that keep us all voting how we live in the 21st century.”

The full text of the proposed amended version of the State Plan is available HERE or online at Public comments can be submitted in writing to Todd Rokita, Indiana Secretary of State, 200 West Washington Street, Room 201, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204, or by email at Comments on the proposed changes can also be left at 317-234-VOTE or by contacting the Indiana Election Division toll free in Indiana at 800-622-4941(TDD). Comments can be faxed to 317-233-3283.

HAVA State Plan Draft 07-28-09 Final Edits.pdf

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