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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?
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 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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