PRESIDENT BUSH SIGNS 'HELP AMERICA VOTE ACT;'

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CONGRESSMAN ROBERT A. UNDERWOOD Delegate from Guam U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C.

GUAM TO GET $5 MILLION

News Release October 30, 2002

Congressman Robert A. Underwood said that President George W. Bush's enactment of H.R. 3295, the Help America Vote Act, today, means that Guam is now eligible to receive $1 million this year and an additional $4 million over the next three fiscal years.

The Help America Vote Act establishes a $3.9 billion federal grant program to help states and territories make election administration improvements.  It also establishes a federal election assistance commission to assist in the administration of federal elections.  It also establishes standards for states and local governments which administer federal elections.

"This legislation came about as a result of Florida's experience with punch-card voting in the 2000 Presidential election," the Congressman said. "Since we don't have punch-card voting, we are free to use the funding as we see fit, so long as it is in line with the mandate to improve election procedures and encourage voter participation."

Guam will be eligible for $1 million, upon approval of its plan to improve the administration of elections, to include educating voters on voting procedures, voting rights, and voting technology; training election officials, poll workers, and election volunteers; improving or replacing voting systems and technology; improving access to polling places; establishing hotlines for reporting possible voting fraud and voting rights violations; and establishing uniform and nondiscriminatory election technology and administration requirements.

The Help America Vote Act, which was introduced by House Administration Committee Chairman Bob Ney (R-OH) and Ranking Member Steny Hoyer (D-MD), will require anyone who registers to vote after January 2004 to provide a driver's license number or the last four digits of their Social Security number and specifies that the information is to be verified by State election officials.  First-time voters will be required to present some form of identification, a requirement already in place in Guam.

For additional information, contact: Cathy Gault at 671-477-4272

Washington office: 2418 Rayburn Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Tel: 202-225-1188 Fax: 202-226-0341 Email: guamtodc@mail.house.gov  

Guam office: 120 Fr. Duenas Ave., Ste 107 Hagatna, GU 96932 Tel: 671-477-4272 Fax: 671-477-2587

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