Help America Vote Act
Missouri's State Plan
SEC. 254. (a) In General.--The State plan shall contain a description of each
of the following:
(10) If the State received any payment under title I, a description of how such payment will affect the activities proposed to be carried out under the plan, including the amount of funds available for such activities.
As noted earlier, Missouri is eligible to receive two types of title I payments: (1) payments for election administration improvements (section 101 money); and (2) payments for punch card replacement (section 102 money).
Section 101 Money
Missouri plans to use the section 101 money it receives to carry out the following activities:
Comply with the requirements of title III of HAVA, including but not limited to:
- Develop and administer a statewide voter registration database;
- Provide all polling places with at least one accessible direct recording electronic (DRE) voting system or other voting system equipped for individuals with disabilities;
- Develop and administer this State Plan;
- Provide for voter education;
- Provide training and materials for election personnel;
- Improve the administration of elections for federal office;
- Improve, acquire, lease, modify or replace voting systems and technology and methods for casting and counting votes;
- Improve the accessibility and quantity of polling places. House Bill No. 511 provides that after all of the requirements of HAVA have been met, any remaining section 101 money may be used to make polling places more accessible to individuals with disabilities.
Section 102 Money
Missouri plans to participate in the punch card replacement program. Statewide there are 3,594 qualifying precincts that use punch card voting systems. Local election authorities have expressed an interest in using the section 102 money to upgrade to optical scan systems or accessible DRE systems. Missouri will not require local election authorities to participate; however, Missouri understands that it must repay the funds back to the federal government in an amount equal to the noncompliant precinct percentage of the funds provided to Missouri under the program.