HAVA funds for GIS

In any current effort by states and counties to upgrade their voter registration systems, it is critical that the capability to leverage geographic information systems (GIS) data for voter location and voting unit boundaries be included. This can be accomplished through careful wording of requests-for-proposals (RFPs) for new systems. 

HAVA stands for the Help America Vote Act; it was most recently reauthorized in 2018-2019. 


Ensuring that new voter registration systems can use GIS sets a state up for greater accuracy and efficiency in voter management in the future. Conversely, purchasing a new system without that capability could lock a state into outdated list-file technology for years, if not decades, to come, and likely will expose them to greater risk for future election errors.

To learn how to “future proof” a new voter management system by ensuring that it is ready for GIS data, you may view these sample RFPs:

  • Washington state RFP (GIS elements are highlighted in yellow)
  • Washington state RFP exhibit – GIS details
  • North Carolina RFP* (GIS elements are highlighted in yellow)

*Please note that the North Carolina RFP was never issued, as the state chose in-house implementation of GIS in elections.

For more information, contact Jamie Chesser at jamie.chesser@nsgic.org.

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