The Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) was enacted by Congress and signed into law by President Bush on October 29, 2002. HAVA was a response to the irregularities in voting systems and processes unveiled during the 2000 Presidential Election. To address these irregularities, HAVA provided federal funding to the states to implement a statewide voter registration system, replace punch card voting machines, improve voter education and poll worker training, require provisional ballots, and require at least one voting machine per polling place be available to voters with disabilities. To be eligible to receive HAVA funding, each state was required to submit a State Plan to the federal government that would serve as a blueprint for that state in meeting the ambitious timelines and requirements contained within the Act.
By the end of fiscal year 2006, Nevada received approximately $21 million in federal funds under HAVA. A portion of these funds were used to refine the statewide voter registration system. In addition, through the efforts of the Advisory Committee for Participatory Democracy (ACPD), HAVA funds were used for a host of voter outreach education efforts.