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Posted By Jeannie Layson on October 31, 2011

How do I register to vote?
You can register using the process in the state where you live or by using the national mail voter registration form. Please note that registration requirements vary by state, so be sure to check with your state to find out what is required.

If I have changed my address, do I need to re-register to vote?
Voter registration does not move with you, so you will have to complete a new voter registration form to update your new address. Read more about moving and registering to vote. For more information about re-registering in the jurisdiction of your new address, visit your state’s election office website.

What is the Help America Vote Act?
The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) was passed by the United States Congress to make sweeping reforms to the nation's voting process. HAVA addresses improvements to voting systems and voter access that were identified following the 2000 election. It also created the Election Assistance Commission, and our primary duties are:

Every Monday EAC blogs questions from the public. Submit yours here or use the online comment form.

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Posted By Jeannie Layson on October 25, 2011

Pasco Co., FL SoE Brian Corley partnered with the clerk of court to speak to weekly jury pool--innovative and free way to reach voters. Follow #VotePasco for more info.

Seminole Co., FL SoE tweets the 3 steps to vote by mail. Get more info.

OH SoS Husted tweets link to 2011 ballot issues.

Follow Linn Co. IA, Elections for frequent updates about the 11/08 City/Senate District 18 election.

Monterey Co., CA Elections is looking for feedback—submit comments or questions here.

CO SoS Scott Gessler is tweeting turnout results.

Luzerne Co., PA concluded its L&A testing and tweets results.

DC Board of Elections and Ethics is tweeting candidate filing updates. Follow #DCision12.

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Posted By Jeannie Layson on October 24, 2011

We get smart questions from the public, and we realized that the inquiries and our responses may be useful to others. Every Monday we will share some of them here. Leave your question or comment here or send it to us. We also take input on Twitter @EACgov.

Q: If I move, am I still registered to vote?
A: Voter registration does not move with you. Even if you move within your existing county, you must complete a new voter registration form to update your new address. If you to move to a different county or state, you must re-register with your new county or state. Read more about moving and registering to vote. For information about re-registering, visit your state's election office website.

Q: What is the difference between EAC’s military and overseas voters data and other data recently issued about these voters?
A
: EAC’s 2010 UOCAVA data are provided directly by each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and 4 territories. Primarily, we ask states to provide the number of ballots sent, received, counted and rejected. All data provided by the states are available in three formats, and the survey instrument is also available. Improving services for military and overseas voters is a shared goal at all levels of government. Working together and sharing our data about these voters contributes to a greater understanding of how to remove the challenges they may face when casting a ballot.

EAC’s UOCAVA Data Are:

  • Official numbers provided directly by every state.
  • Only about voters covered by the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) as it relates to ballots sent, returned, counted and rejected.
  • Available for all states.

EAC’s UOCAVA Data Are Not:

  • A sampling of military and overseas voters (a subset of these total populations used to draw conclusions about the entire population).
  • Opinion data related to whether an individual covered under UOCAVA voted or wanted to vote, or is of a particular age group or gender, for example.

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Posted By Jeannie Layson on October 18, 2011

Today is the deadline to register to vote in Oregon’s Special Primary Election in the 1st Congressional District.

The Harford Co. (MD) Election Bd. tweets a reminder that today at 5 p.m. is the deadline to register to vote in the Aberdeen and Bel Air municipal elections on Nov. 8.

The TX secretary of state tweets that www.VOTEXAS.org has all the info voters need.

The Kansas City Election Board will adopt redistricting map on Thurs, Oct. 20.

Luzerne Co. (PA) now offers an online polling place & ballot locator.

GA Secretary of State Brian Kemp advises voters to use theMy Voter Page to find early voting locations and times.

 

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Posted By Jeannie Layson on October 13, 2011

Please be aware that based on the 2010 census, the U.S. Bureau of the Census has released determinations as to which political subdivisions are subject to the minority language assistance provisions of Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended. Additional information and a listing of the states and political subdivisions obligated to comply with the requirements can be found in the Federal Register.

EAC's language assistance resources may assist states and political subdivisions newly covered under Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act. The EAC’s Glossaries of Election Terminology (PDFs and an online tool) Voters Guides to Federal Elections, and National Mail Voter Registration Form are available in numerous languages and free of charge. For additional information on these EAC resources, contact Marcy Reedy at mreedy@eac.gov.
 

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Posted By Jeannie Layson on October 11, 2011

Ohio SoS Husted reminds voters that today is the deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 2011 election. Get more info.

CT SoS Merrill tweets a reminder about approaching voter registration deadlines. Get more info.

The Oklahoma St. Election Bd. shares polling place locator for those headed to the polls today for the Sen. District 43 special election.

Wake Co. NC Board of Elections tweets that today is Election Day. Polls open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Find your polling place.

Alameda Co. CA’s registrar of voters tweets that Oct. 24 is registration deadline for the Nov. 8 election. Find out more.

Luzerne Co. PA reminds voters that today is the voter registration deadline. Get more info.

Louisiana’s secretary of state reminds voters that early voting is this week and Oct. 22 is the primary. Get ballot info from the GeauxVote mobile app.

The Williamson Co. TX Elections Dept. is conducting a public logic and accuracy test of its electronic voting equipment today at 10 a.m. Find out more.

EAC gathers information for this weekly update from Twitter. Follow EACgov and our nationwide election official list to get daily updates. 

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