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Posted By Jeannie Layson on December 05, 2011

We blog questions posed to EAC and our answers every Monday. Submit questions or comments here, use the comment form or share on Twitter @EACgov.

Who pays for EAC’s voting system certification process?

The Voting System Testing and Certification Program is part of EAC’s operating budget. In Fiscal Year 2011, the Voting System Testing and Certification’s budget was $1.3 million, which funds all program activities, including expenses related to the certification process.

It is important to note that voting system vendors pay test labs directly. EAC does not have the legal authority to collect money from voting system manufacturers to pay for the testing of voting systems (see 31 U.S.C. §3302(b), Miscellaneous Receipts Act). For more information about EAC’s Voting System Testing and Certification Program, including a list of accredited test labs, go here.

What is EAC’s social media policy?

EAC’s social media policy and Twitter procedures are available online in the Resource Library. Also see EAC’s blog code of conduct.

What are the social media plans and policies of election officials?

For more information about social media policies and plans used by election officials, visit our collection of social media links and follow the most comprehensive Twitter list of election officials. Also, view EAC’s roundtable about social media and election administration, which features election officials who are active social media users: Voting Goes Viral. Using New Media to Manage an Election and Communicate with Voters.

How do I register to vote in the United States?

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.
 

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Posted By Jeannie Layson on November 28, 2011

We blog questions posed to EAC and our answers every Monday. Submit them here, use the comment form or share on Twitter @EACgov.

What is the MOVE Act?

The 2009 Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act established procedures for military and overseas citizen voters to request and for states to send registration information by mail and electronically. The Act requires states to designate at least one means of electronic communication for military voters and overseas citizens to request and receive voter registration applications and absentee ballots. The Act also requires states to transmit information to these voters 45 days before an election.

EAC and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are helping the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) launch its pilot programs by providing best practices or standards. In addition, MOVE reiterated the 2004 mandate from Congress requiring EAC to create guidelines for the development of a remote electronic voting system.

In EAC’s Report to Congress, we define our goal to develop remote voting guidelines that will best serve the needs of FVAP and military and overseas citizen voters. The report describes the work EAC has completed, including research, pilot program requirements and the funding provided to NIST to develop remote electronic absentee voting guidelines. EAC has also developed a program manual and federal certification process for voting systems that would serve UOCAVA voters. For more information about the MOVE Act and EAC’s activities, visit the military and overseas voting section of EAC’s website.

What is the reporting schedule for HAVA funds?

Please see EAC’s reporting schedule chart.

Every week we get questions about updating voter registration. Recent questions include: 

  • How do I update my voter registration information if I’ve moved?
  • Do you have to register to vote after moving?
  • How do I register to vote if I move to another county within the same state?

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.

How can I register to vote online?

Many states offer online registration tools, as well as ways to verify registration status. Visit your state’s election website to find out what customer service tools they offer.

How do I register to vote for the 2012 elections?

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.
 

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Posted By Jeannie Layson on November 14, 2011

We blog questions posed to EAC along with our answers every Monday. Submit them here, use the comment form or share on Twitter @EACgov.

When do counties and states certify the official election results?

The outcome of the election is not official until election officials complete the canvass of votes and certification of results, which sometimes may be several weeks after Election Day. Each state administers its own elections and laws vary for the starting and completion dates of the canvass, which is the compilation of election returns and the validation of the outcome that forms the basis of the official results.

For an election official, the canvass means aggregating or confirming every valid ballot cast and counted—absentee, early voting, Election Day, provisional, challenged, and uniformed and overseas citizen. The canvass enables an election official to resolve discrepancies, correct errors, and take any remedial actions necessary to ensure completeness and accuracy before certifying the election. For requirements and dates, check with your state's election office. For more information about the process, see EAC’s Canvassing and Certifying an Election.

What state doesn’t require voter registration?

North Dakota does not require voter registration. Get more info about registering to vote in your state.

Can you vote if you've recently moved?

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.

 

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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 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?
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: 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 July 27, 2011

EAC’s Joshua Franklin was recently profiled in the New Face of Government, a Federal News Radio special report about how young people are changing the federal government. Highlights include Joshua’s role as a computer engineer at EAC as well as his contributions to EAC’s social media efforts and his work to create visuals to explain components of the Voting System Testing and Certification Program.

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