The Help America Vote Act at 5


From voter registration to voting systems to safeguards at the polls, the Act designed to address the ills of voting in 2000 has, in some respects, accomplished its objectives.

Citizens who arrive at polling places believing themselves to be registered can cast provisional ballots if their names are not on precinct rosters. Voting machines accessible for people with disabilities are deployed nationwide, while polling places have also become more accessible. Registration databases are state-controlled, with more effective links to state agencies for faster record updating and wired between jurisdictions for vastly improved tracking of voters.

But concerns about America's voting system persist, despite the passage of HAVA, and despite the largest federal investment in elections in history.

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Spotlight on Mental Health

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Learn the Basics of Broadband from Our Limited Series

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How does broadband internet reach our homes, phones, and tablets? What kind of infrastructure connects us all together? What are the major barriers to broadband access for American communities?

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What Is Antibiotic Resistance—and How Can We Fight It?

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Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, also known as “superbugs,” are a major threat to modern medicine. But how does resistance work, and what can we do to slow the spread? Read personal stories, expert accounts, and more for the answers to those questions in our four-week email series: Slowing Superbugs.

Explore Pew’s new and improved
Fiscal 50 interactive

Your state's stats are more accessible than ever with our new and improved Fiscal 50 interactive:

  • Maps, trends, and customizable charts
  • 50-state rankings
  • Analysis of what it all means
  • Shareable graphics and downloadable data
  • Proven fiscal policy strategies


Welcome to the new Fiscal 50

Key changes include:

  • State pages that help you keep track of trends in your home state and provide national and regional context.
  • Interactive indicator pages with highly customizable and shareable data visualizations.
  • A Budget Threads feature that offers Pew’s read on the latest state fiscal news.

Learn more about the new and improved Fiscal 50.