EAC Grants Update
from: Jessica Myers on
Feb 23, 2012
College Pollworker and Mock Election Grants
College Pollworker Program is authorized under the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) and aims to encourage student participation as pollworkers, foster interest in the election process, and help local election officials relieve poll worker shortages. The Mock Election Program allows students to become familiar with the voting process and election technology, so they are more comfortable and knowledgeable about the voting process.
EAC's map illustrates where there have been College Pollworker and Mock Election Program Grants to date. There have been more than 100 grantees between the two programs, spanning across 38 of the 50 states.
2010 Accessible Voting Technology Initiative
In 2010, EAC awarded $7,000,000 to support research on technologies and approaches to meet the challenge of making voting accessible for all eligible voters. The grant was awarded to Clemson University and the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF). The EAC continues to work with the grantees and monitor their progress. Also, EAC would like to note that, as part of their grant activities, ITIF is holding an online open innovation challenge; while Clemson is working with ElectionCenter to conduct four training sessions this year to gather input on voting accessibility.
2010 Military Heroes Initiative Grant
EAC and the Department of Defense Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) developed this initiative to research the needs of recently injured military personnel with regard to the federal election process. The grant awarded $500,000 to ITIF and the EAC continues to work with ITIF and FVAP to compile the recommendations from their research.
2010 Testing and Auditing Grant
The EAC awarded funds to 12 grantees and continues to monitor their progress.
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