Elections Grant Programs: Authorizations and Appropriations [November 3, 2021]   [open pdf - 549KB]

From the Document: "Congress first authorized major federal grant programs for elections in the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA; P.L. 107-252). HAVA was enacted in response to issues with the conduct of the 2000 elections. Like previous federal elections statutes, it set requirements for the administration of federal elections. Unlike previous elections statutes, it also provided for grant programs to help states meet those requirements and identify and implement other improvements to election administration. No new federal elections grant programs on the scale of HAVA's have been authorized as of this writing. Grant programs have been established for certain more limited purposes, however, such as conducting pilot projects to improve the collection of election data. Congress has also provided further appropriations under HAVA's grant programs, such as funding for FY2020 to help states address effects of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic on administration of the 2020 elections. This In Focus provides an overview of the elections-specific grant programs Congress has established and funded to date. It also briefly discusses non-elections-specific grant programs that have been used to support elections-related activities."

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CRS In Focus, IF11961
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