United States Election Assistance Comittee

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Military and Overseas Voters

EAC has several projects under way to assist states in serving military and overseas citizens who register and vote absentee under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act. Learn more

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Training Videos

EAC has translated some of its most popular Election Management Guidelines into training videos. Watch training videos about polling place management, polling place accessibility and contingency planning in EAC Multimedia Resources

Best Practices in Election Administration Tool Kit

November 2004

This Tool Kit presents tips, reminders and common sense recommendations culled from discussions with and materials provided by experienced local and state election administrators, voter advocates and academics. In addition, four key sections provide guidance on the management of specific voting systems, focusing on strengthening accountability, reliability, usability and security. Electronic links in the document allow tool kit users to review models provided by their colleagues and other experts.

Publications from the former FEC Office of Election Administration

The EMG Program is pleased to make available the following publications from the former FEC Office of Election Administration.  While most of the information contained in these publications precedes the passage of the Help America Vote Act of 2002, readers can still find information that is relevant to the effective administration of elections today.  They also help provide a historical framework to current practices and understanding of how the electoral system has evolved from 1979 to today.

EAC posted these reports and studies as part of its clearinghouse function. EAC did not review the information for quality and does not endorse the reports and studies. The functions and responsibilities of the former FEC Office of Election Administration were transferred to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) upon the establishment of EAC according to the provisions of the Help America Vote Act of 2002.

Implementing the National Voter Registration Act of 1993: Requirements, Issues, Approaches, and Examples January 1, 1994

Implementing NVRA: A Report to State and Local Election Officials on Problems and Solutions Discovered 1995-1996 March 1998


Innovations in Election Administration

The purpose of this series was to acquaint State and local election officials with innovative election procedures and technologies that had been successfully implemented by their colleagues around the country at that time.

Innovations 1 - The Voting Authority Card May 1992
Innovations 2 - Optical Scanning Technology for Purposes Other than Ballot Counting August 1992
Innovations 3 - Election Signature Retrieval Systems August 1992
Innovations 4 - Using NCOA Files for Verifying Voter Registration Lists September 1992
Innovations 5 - Agency Voter Registration Programs September 1992
Innovations 6 - Motor Voter Registration Programs September 1992
Innovations 7 - Mail Voter Registration Programs April 1994
Innovations 8 - Election Document Retention in an Age of High Technology April 1994
Innovations 9 - Early Voting April 1994
Innovations 10 - Ballot Security and Accountability September 1995
Innovations 11 - All-Mail-Ballot Elections September 1995
Innovations 12 - The Electronic Transmission of Election Materials September 1995
Innovations 13 - Simplifying Election Forms and Materials May 1996
Innovations 14 - Recruiting Poll Workers July 1996
Innovations 15 - Ensuring the Accessibility of the Election Process August 1996
Innovations 16 - Using the Internet in Election Offices April 1998
Innovations 17 - Acquiring Election Systems and Equipment September 1998
Innovations 18 - Using Biometric Identification Technologies in the Election Process September 2001
Innovations 19 - Provisional Balloting August 2003

Election Administration

This four-volume series on election administration was designed as a set of engineering manuals for election officials. They describe the basic elements of the election machinery and offer standard and fairly uniform techniques for planning, managing, and costing out election functions.

Election Administration Volume 1 -  Managing Elections June 1979
Election Administration Volume 2 - Planning Elections June 1979
Election Administration Volume 3 - Costing Elections June 1979
Election Administration Volume 4 - State Legal Memoranda June 1979

Contested Elections

Contested Elections and Recounts 1 - Issues and Options In Resolving Disputed Federal Elections (1990)

Contested Elections and Recounts 2 - A Summary of State Procedures for Resolving Disputed Federal Elections (1990)