Posted: Oct. 29, 2002
ELECTION LAW SIGNED
Almost two years after the infamous 2000 election was settled by the
U.S. Supreme Court, Delaware Congressman Mike Castle praised
President Bush for signing "The Martin Luther King, Jr. Equal
Protection of Voting Rights Act of 2002," into law to reform the
nation’s election process in order to restore Americans’ confidence
in the voting system.
According to Castle who cosponsored this legislation, Delaware will
receive funding to help with election reform in the state, subject
to the Treasury-Postal Appropriations Bill funding over the next few
The legislation set uniform standards for voting across the US and
increase funding for voter education, better voter facilities for
people with disabilities and to replace punch card voting machines.
The new law's protections against voter error will not affect next
week's election, but are to implemented in time for the 2004
congressional and presidential elections.
"This law gives the tools that the states need and have asked for to
improve their voting systems without undue federal regulations,”
Castle said. “Delaware, which already has a modernized voting
system, will be able to use these funds for voter outreach, training
poll workers and making polls more accessible to disabled voters. It
is my hope this legislation will restore voters’ faith in the
election process and encourage more civic participation."
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