EAC Calls on Election Officials to Join the Exchange
Posted on July 13, 2011
Online Network Facilitates Information Sharing and Mentoring Among Election Officials
Washington--The U.S. Election Assistance Commission announces the EAC Election Official Exchange, an online resource at eac.gov/exchange that helps local election officials connect and share best practices and knowledge.
By participating in the Exchange, any U.S. election official can call on a colleague for advice about virtually any administrative task they face, from testing voting equipment and training poll workers to creating an audit trail and conducting a recount.
“EAC is always looking for ways to further assist election officials as they struggle to maintain a high level of service to voters in the face of severe budget cuts. This is one cost effective yet substantive way we can help,” said EAC commissioner Donetta Davidson, who is the former secretary of state of Colorado.
EAC encourages any election official who is interested in sharing knowledge to sign up as a potential resource to the election community. The process is easy--it takes just a couple of minutes to enter a name and area(s) of expertise into the Exchange and join EAC in creating a resource that will save officials time without compromising quality.
During my decades of service as an election official I often found myself wanting to run an idea by a colleague who had travelled the same path before me. This resource makes it easier to establish those important connections. Best of all, it’s absolutely free” said Davidson.
The time commitment of the Exchange is minimal and can be shaped entirely by the volunteer. Exchanges are often done by phone, by e-mail or in person, depending on the preferences of the participants. To sign up for the Exchange, go here. Participation is limited to U.S. election officials. To view a list of election officials who have already signed up for the Exchange, go here. For additional information about the program, including how to participate, contact Donetta Davidson or Jeannie Layson at (202) 566-3100.
EAC is an independent commission created by the Help America Vote Act. EAC serves as a national clearinghouse and resource of information regarding election administration. It is charged with administering payments to states and developing guidance to meet HAVA requirements, adopting voluntary voting system guidelines, and accrediting voting system test laboratories and certifying voting equipment. It is also charged with developing and maintaining a national mail voter registration form. The two EAC commissioners are Gineen Bresso and Donetta Davidson. There are two vacancies on the commission.