EAC maintains the National Mail Voter Registration Form, which voters can use to register to vote and update their registration information. The form is available in seven languages.
EAC also provides voter guides in 11 languages and a variety of links to helpful resources for voters relating to registration, military and overseas voting, accessibility, and volunteering as a poll worker.
HAVA mandates that EAC accredit voting system test laboratories and certify voting equipment, marking the first time the federal government has offered these services to the states.
EAC is committed to running the program in a transparent manner, releasing voting system test plans and reports for the public to review and posting detailed information about the voluntary voting system guidelines, program policies, and related correspondence.
One of EAC's top priorities is providing assistance to election officials. We do this by issuing guidance, advisories and best practices to help officials comply with the Help America Vote Act and make other election administration improvements and enhancements.
EAC administers federal funding to improve the administration of U.S. elections as authorized by the Help America Vote Act. The commission also manages discretionary, competitive grant programs authorized by HAVA, including the HAVA College Program to recruit college students to serve as poll workers and the HAVA Mock Election Program, which supports activities to educate secondary students in the electoral process.
EAC is responsible under the Help America Vote Act for collecting information about election administration issues and sharing that information with Congress, election officials and the public.
This section contains completed research and reports commissioned by EAC, information about EAC research in progress, and additional elections research issued by other organizations. Datasets are also available to download.
Voters can use the National Mail Voter Registration Form to register to vote, update registration information due to a change of name, make a change of address, or register with a political party.
The National Form also contains voter registration rules and regulations for each state and territory. For more information about registering to vote, contact your state election office. Read our Frequently Asked Questions for more information about the national form.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Today's earthquake reminds us of the importance of contingency planning in elections. On September 20, in conjunction with National Preparedness Month, EAC will host a public roundtable about contingency planning. (More details to come.)
In the meantime, please review the following resources about contingency planning, which were created by election officials for election officials.
Election officials--please send any contingency plans so we can share them with your peers. Send them to email@example.com or post them here.
EAC's roundtable on ballot & polling place design is over, but the discussion is just beginning. View the on demand webcast (available 8-12-11), testimony, graphics and EAC's complete design report here. The report includes ballot design specifications, sample images and best practices developed by election officials, poll workers, voters and other experts. Election officials can also request a copy of the image library (not online), which includes camera ready images of ballots for a variety of voting systems and polling place signs in several languages. These images can be customized for local jurisdictions, and then sent to the printer for production, which will save time and money. Contact Marcy Reedy toll free at 866-747-1471 or firstname.lastname@example.org to request the image library on CD.
Thanks to the election officials who’ve shared their experience and expertise on the Exchange. We remind everyone that the contents of the Exchange are available to the public; however, only former or current US election officials may officially join. EAC’s use of its website, online tools and social media is consistent with its social media policy, which states our responsibility to avoid references to commercial interests or services. For more information please read our social media policy and the blog code of conduct. Thank you again for participating! If you have questions or comments, leave them here or send us a note.
EAC recently launched the Election Exchange, an online tool for election officials to connect and share best practices and knowledge. So far, 50 election officials have signed up, and they have a wide range of experience and expertise in pre and post election activities, contingency planning, poll workers and voting systems. Based on feedback, we will add a field allowing participants to identify themselves as city, county or state officials. We are also exploring how to improve the keyword search and make the tool more intuitive. Keep the comments coming here or use the Contact Us form. We need and want your input!
There are lots of acronyms used in specialized professions and by government agencies that make it difficult for the public to access public documents and discussions. Federal elections are no exception -- for example you'll hear us talk about NRVA and HAVA. We realize acronyms make us sound very bureaucratic. And while we can't promise we'll stop using them, we can make sure you know what we're talking about when we refer to the VVSG and the VSTLs. We've put together a list of greatest acronym hits in federal elections. Let us know what you think!
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