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Work Continues at the EAC

from: on Dec 14, 2011

With the resignations of two EAC commissioners, we are receiving lots of questions about which activities require a Commission decision. EAC employees continue to work according to existing policies and procedures that have been adopted by the Commission. For example, the Commission adopted the Voting System Certification and Testing Manual, which delegates the tasks of testing, certifying and decertifying voting equipment to the staff. The Commission acts as the appeal body.

A quorum (at least three commissioners) is required to determine new EAC policies, defined as “high level determinations, setting an overall agency goal/objective or otherwise setting rules, guidance or guidelines at the highest level.” Examples include holding formal public meetings, adopting new policies, issuing formal advisory opinions and accrediting EAC voting system testing laboratories. A quorum is also required to modify or update the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines, National Voter Registration Act regulations and the National Voter Registration form.  

For more information about EAC procedures and policies, read the Strategic Plan 2009-2014, EAC’s Roles and Responsibilities document and the Help America Vote Act.

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