Do you remember “hanging-chads?” Those were the tiny little punch-out holes on Florida ballots that gave George Bush the presidency in 2001 and made Florida the land of bad elections. As a direct result of that fiasco, Congress passed the 'Help America Vote Act or HAVA, which gave money to the states to improve their election systems. Over $4 million of that money is still in N.C. banks ready to be spent on the 2012 election process.
In cash-strapped counties across the state, Election Boards are trying to find the money to conduct fair and efficient elections come November. That $4 million would go a long way to expand early voting, to ease access for the disabled, and ensure that everybody who wants to vote can vote. It would also expand computerized voter registration and record systems, and would greatly reduce the possibility of voter fraud.