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Research Comments Archive



2014 Election Administration and Voting Survey

EAC sought public comments on proposed information collection for the 2014 Election Administration and Voting Survey Instrument. EAC provided for a 60-day comment period which ended Sept 16, 2013 and a 30-day comment period which ended Jan 27, 2014. For details, see the Federal Register 1st Notice and 2nd Notice.


 

Information Quality

The policy outlines the EAC’s directives and required procedures to implement the OMB Guidelines for Ensuring and Maximizing the Quality, Objectivity, Utility, and Integrity of Information Disseminated by Federal Agencies, 67 Fed. Reg. 8452 ("OMB Guidelines").  The EAC developed the Proposed Information Quality Guidelines to meet its obligations under the OMB Guidelines and to codify its high standards of quality in the production of information disseminated outside the agency.

Contact: Tamar Nedzar, Karen Lynn-Dyson, or Shelly Anderson at (202) 566-3100

Comment period closed April 30, 2010. Read the Federal Register Notice.


 

2010 Election Administration and Voting Survey

Readers will find that the 2010 Survey is very similar in content to the 2008 Survey.  While most questions remain unchanged, the survey does provide some additional guidance on the EAC’s statutory requirements. The Statutory Overview includes one new question related to the MOVE Act.

The 2010 Survey ask questions concerning the ballots cast; voter registration; overseas and military voting; Election Day activities; voting technology; and other important issues.  The EAC issues the survey to meet its obligations under the Help America Vote Act to serve as national clearinghouse and resource for the compilation of information with respect to the administration of Federal elections; to fulfill its data collection requirements under the Uniform and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) and the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act (MOVE); and meet its National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) mandate to collect information from states concerning the impact of that statute on the administration of Federal Elections.

Contact: Shelly Anderson (202) 566-3100

Comment period closed Februrary 11, 2010. Read the Federal Register Notice.


 

Evaluation of EAC Educational Products

Since 2004, EAC has issued guidance on various topics to assist state and local election officials in managing and administering elections. This guidance includes a number of management guidelines, best practices, and other related reports. The specific products to be evaluated include:

  • Effective Designs for the Administration of Federal Elections (Ballot Designs)

  • Successful Practices – Poll Worker Recruitment, Training, and Retention

  • A Guidebook to Recruiting College Poll Workers

  • State Poll worker Requirements Compendium

  • Election Management Guidelines

  • Quick Start Guides

  • Election Terminology Glossaries in Six Languages

  • A Voter’s Guide to Federal Elections


The evaluation will include the use of online surveys and focus groups. Questions will be asked about the effectiveness, use, and overall satisfaction with specific EAC educational products by state and local election officials. The results of the evaluation will be used internally as a decision-making tool to guide the EAC’s determination about future updates and reprints of these work products.

Contact: Shelly Anderson (202) 566-3100

Comment period closed December 24, 2009. Read the Federal Register Notice.


 
Election Administration and Voting Survey Data Policy

Proposed Election Administration and Voting Survey Data Policy

The policy provides additional direction to election officials responsible for completing EAC’s Election Administration and Voting Survey information about the processes and procedures that will guide their submission, review, and correction of the survey data.  The EAC issues the survey to meet its obligations under the Help America Vote Act to serve as national clearinghouse and resource for the compilation of information with respect to the administration of Federal elections; to fulfill its data collection requirements under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA); and meet its National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) mandate to collect information from states concerning the impact of that statute on the administration of Federal Elections.

Contact: Shelly Anderson (202) 566-3100

Comment period closed November 16, 2009 at 4:00 p.m. EST. Read the Federal Register Notice.


 
2008 Election Administration and Voting Survey

2008 Election Day Survey

This data collection effort is authorized under the Help America Vote Act (HAVA). Section 202 of HAVA requires EAC to serve as a national clearinghouse and resource for the compilation of information and review of procedures with respect to the administration of Federal elections. Section 202(3) authorizes EAC to conduct studies and to carry out other duties and activities to promote the effective administration of Federal elections.

Under the HAVA mandate, the EAC administers a biennial survey to capture information pertaining to the impact of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA). HAVA also requires that the EAC collect information related to the processes and procedures used both to register voters and to serve uniformed and overseas citizens wishing to vote pursuant to the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) of 1986.

Contact: Shelly Anderson (202) 566-3100

Comment period closed May 19, 2008 at 4:00 p.m. EST. Extended to May 21, 2008 at 4:00pm EST. Read the Federal Register Notice.