[Federal Register Volume 69, Number 245 (Wednesday, December 22, 2004)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 04-27838]



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ELECTION ASSISTANCE COMMISSION


Publication of State Plans Pursuant to the Help America Vote Act

AGENCY: U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to sections 254(a)(11)(A) and 255(b) of the Help 
America Vote Act (HAVA), Public Law 107-252, the U.S. Election 
Assistance Commission (EAC) hereby causes to be published in the 
Federal Register material changes to HAVA State plans previously 
submitted by Arkansas, Illinois, Nebraska and North Dakota.

DATES: This notice is effective upon publication in the Federal 
Register.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bryan Whitener, Telephone 202-566-3100 
or 1-866-747-1471 (toll-free).
    Submit Comments: Any comments regarding the plans published 
herewith should be made in writing to the chief election official of 
the individual States at the address listed below.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On March 24, 2004, the U.S. Election 
Assistance Commission published in the Federal Register the original 
HAVA State plans filed by the 50 States, the District of Columbia and 
the Territories of American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. 
Virgin Islands. 69 FR 14002. HAVA anticipated that States, Territories 
and the District of Columbia would change or update their plans from 
time to time pursuant to HAVA section 254 (a)(11) through (13). HAVA 
sections 254(a)(11)(A) and 255 require EAC to publish such updates.
    The submissions from Arkansas, Illinois, Nebraska and North Dakota 
address material changes to the original State plans and, in accordance 
with HAVA section 254(a)(12), provide information on how the State 
succeeded in carrying out the previous State plan. Arkansas has 
received its 2003 and 2004 HAVA requirements payments, but is 
submitting updates to its previous State plan, primarily to address a 
change in the State's plans for procuring HAVA compliant voting 
systems. Illinois and North Dakota are submitting material changes to 
their previous State plans that address, among other matters, the 
expected 2004 HAVA requirements payments, which is a prerequisite to 
receiving these funds. (Illinois' certification for its 2003 
requirements payment is pending; North Dakota has received its 2003 
requirements payment.) Nebraska has received its 2003 HAVA requirements 
payment but is submitting material changes, among which are those 
addressing the increased amount of the 2004 requirements payment 
expected by the State and an increase in the amount set aside by the 
State for the 5% match, required by HAVA section 253(b)(5) to receive 
such funds.
    Upon the expiration of 30 days from December 22, 2004, the States 
whose plans are published herein will be eligible to implement any 
material changes addressed therein, in accordance with HAVA section 
254(a)(11)(C). At that time, in accordance with HAVA section 253(d), 
Illinois and North Dakota also may file a statement of certification to 
obtain the fiscal year 2004 requirements payments for which the States 
did not previously qualify under HAVA section 253(b)(1) and Nebraska 
may also file a statement of certification to obtain its fiscal year 
2004 payment for which it did not previously qualify under HAVA section 
253(b)(5). These statements of certification must confirm that the 
jurisdiction is in compliance with all of the requirements referred to 
in HAVA section 253(b) and must be provided to the Election Assistance 
Commission in order for the State to receive a requirements payment 
under HAVA Title II, Subtitle D.
    EAC notes that plans published herein include only those that have 
already met the notice and comment requirements of HAVA section 256, as 
required by HAVA section 254(a)(11)(B). EAC wishes to acknowledge the 
effort that went into the revising the State plans and encourages 
further public comment, in writing, to the chief election official of 
the individual States at the address listed below.

Chief State Election Officials

Arkansas

    The Honorable Charlie Daniels, Secretary of State, 256 State 
Capitol Bldg, Little Rock AR 72201, Phone: 501-682-1010, Fax: 501-682-
3510, E-mail: ElectionsEmail@sosmail.state.ar.us

Illinois

    Daniel W. White, Executive Director, State Board of Elections, 1020 
S. Spring St, Springfield IL 62704, Phone: 217-782-4141, Fax: 217-524-
5574, E-mail: dwhite@elections.state.il.us

Nebraska

    The Honorable John A. Gale, Secretary of State, State Capitol, Ste 
2300, Lincoln NE 68509-4608, Phone: 402-471-2555, FAX 402-471-3237, E-
mail: Jgale@nol.org

North Dakota

    The Honorable Alvin A. Jaeger, Secretary of State, 600 East 
Boulevard Ave., Dept. 108, Bismarck ND 58505-0500, Phone: 701-328-2900, 
Fax: FAX 701-328-2992, Email: sos@state.nd.us
    Thank you for your interest in improving the voting process in 
America.

    Dated: December 15, 2004.
DeForest B. Soaries, Jr.,
Chairman, U.S. Election Assistance Commission.
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