EAC's Blog Code of Conduct
The purpose of this blog is to share useful, innovative and practical information about voting and elections with interested parties. EAC also intends to provide this forum to host conversations with the public. EAC encourages the submission of comments from the public and hopes that interested individuals will provide submissions on a regular basis. EAC also recognizes the value of providing this forum to facilitate discussions concerning best practices, solutions, and innovative ideas in election administration.
This is a moderated blog, and EAC will exercise discretion in determining which comments it will and will not post. As a moderated blog, EAC will review all comments before posting to ensure that commenters have complied with EAC’s Blog Code of Conduct. EAC’s decision to post or not post a comment is final and may not be appealed or reconsidered.
EAC expects that participants will treat each other, as well as our agency and our employees with respect. EAC recognizes that the Internet is a 24/7 medium and comments are welcome at any time; however, we will typically review and post comments only during normal business hours.
What Are the General Rules for Posting Comments?
We encourage comments on EAC social media platforms. Your ideas and concerns are important to ensure that a broad range of Americans are active and informed participants in how elections work gets done.
We want to publish your comments, but we expect conversations to follow the conventions of polite discourse. Therefore, we won’t post comments that contain:
vulgar, obscene or abusive language or images;
personal attacks, unsupported accusations, defamation or threats of any kind;
offensive terms targeted at groups or persons of a specific ethnicity, race or sexual orientation;
advertisements or language focused primarily on promoting commercial interests or services;
spam or subject matter that is far off topic; or
campaign materials promoting or opposing an individual in an election for political office.
We will not edit inappropriate comments. Only comments that comply with this policy will be approved for posting.
What Are the Rules Specific to This Blog?
Our comment submission form asks that you provide your name and email address, although providing either is optional. We request your name to make it easier to carry on a conversation and your name will be posted alongside your comment. We request your email address in case we need to contact you; however, we do not publish email addresses. To protect your privacy and the privacy of others, please do not include personally identifiable information, such as full name, Social Security number, phone numbers or email addresses in the body of your comment. If you do voluntarily include such information in your comment, that comment may not be posted. If you include any of the prohibited information in your user name, EAC further reserves the right to not publish your comment.
EAC reserves the right to limit the number of comments posted based on evidence that duplicate comments are purposely being sent. For example, if EAC receives fifteen duplicate comments, we reserve the right to post only the first of the duplicate comments EAC receives.
EAC does not guarantee or warrant that any information posted by the public on this blog is correct, and disclaims any liability resulting from reliance on any such information. Further, any comments submitted in response to an EAC blog may not be attributed to EAC or its agents and may not be cited as an EAC statement or position. EAC expressly disclaims any responsibility for reviewing comments for copyright infringement or other intellectual property protections. By submitting a comment to EAC, the commenter assumes all liability for ensuring proper citation and attribution.
EAC does not endorse, support or otherwise promote any private or commercial entity or the information, products or services contained on those Web sites that may be reached through links on our Web site or included in comments.
You may only submit a comment for posting on EAC’s blog if you are older than 13 years of age. You will be asked to re-type a grouping of letters and/or numbers, which indicates that you agree to EAC’s Code of Conduct and also serves as an affirmation that you are older than 13 years of age. Your comment will not be transmitted to EAC for review and posting unless and until you successfully re-type the grouping of letters and/or numbers provided on your comment submission form.
What This Blog Is Not
EAC intends to provide information and a forum for interested parties to share comments through this moderated blog. However, this blog should not be used for the following purposes, and comments that fall into any of the following categories will not be posted. EAC will not forward or reroute comments submitted to the blog that are intended for any of the purposes listed below.
Media inquiries: Members of the media should contact the communications department through their normal channels. For more information, visit http://www.eac.gov/about_the_eac/contact_us.aspx.
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act requests: Requesters seeking information under FOIA or the Privacy Act must submit their requests by following EAC’s regulations/instructions, found here http://www.eac.gov/freedom_of_information_act.aspx.
Comments on EAC documents, policies, guidance, and regulations: EAC regularly solicits public comments by posting solicitations on its website and/or in the Federal Register. This moderated blog is not the vehicle through which official public comments may be considered. For instructions on how to submit a public comment in response to a solicitation, go to www.eac.gov.
Conducting official business with EAC: This blog is a forum for suggestions and new ideas, not a substitute forum for conducting official business with EAC. Go to http://www.eac.gov/contact_the_eac.aspx for information on how to contact EAC or request assistance.
Legal notice or action: This blog may not be used for service of process; or the submission of any claim, demand, informal or formal complaint, or any other form of legal and/or administrative notice or process, or for the exhaustion of any legal and/or administrative remedy.
Thank you for taking the time to read EAC’s Blog Code of Conduct. We encourage your participation in our discussion and look forward to an active exchange of ideas.