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2016 Election Year Challenges Underscored Importance of EAC

Posted on January 31, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Silver Spring, Md. – The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) today delivered its 2016 annual report to Congress, a document highlighting the essential role played by the Commission during last year’s election season. From its work to address concerns about election security to its effort to expand support for military, voters with disabilities and Limited English Proficiency (LEP) voters, the EAC helped to improve the accessibility, accuracy and security of elections in 2016 

"The EAC serves as the hub of American election information and best practices. It connects officials from every corner of our great nation to the resources they need to help America vote. Our work strengthens the foundation of democracy and Congress can take pride in the EAC’s significant return on investment," notes EAC Chairman Thomas Hicks.

The EAC serves over 8,000 election jurisdictions across the nation and more than 200 million registered voters. Its annual report to Congress stems from a mandate contained within the Help America Vote Act of 2002, bipartisan legislation that established the EAC continues to guide its mission to serve American election administrators and voters. Highlights from today’s report include: 

·         Improved access to elections for military, voters with disabilities and LEP voters. Through a series of workshops and partnerships, as well as the creation of cutting-edge digital and printed materials aimed at serving these populations, the EAC enhanced the voting experience for millions of American voters.

·         #BeReady16 set states up for success. The EAC’s #BeReady16 campaign used instructional videos, publication of best practices guidelines, social media and other methods to give state and local election administrators access to the tools they needed to carry out a successful 2016 vote.

·         Strengthened voter confidence in the 2016 General Election. Amid allegations of hacking and election system vulnerabilities, the EAC’s expertise and fact-based assessments eased American concerns about election security and accuracy.  

Looking ahead, Commissioner Matthew Masterson will assume the role of EAC Chairman in February amid the Commission’s #GamePlan17 work to prepare for next year’s midterm elections. That effort will be largely informed by the Commission’s 2016 Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS), the most comprehensive set of data regarding election administration and voting across the United States. EAVS is slated for release at the end of June. This spring the EAC is poised to release a new website that will feature a cutting-edge, user-friendly design. The site will also become the new permanent home for the popular tools and guidance stemming from the Presidential Commission on Election Administration (PCEA).  

For more information, contact Brenda Bowser Soder at bsoder@eac.gov or 301-563-3951.

 

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The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) was established by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA). It is an independent, bipartisan commission charged with ensuring secure, accurate and accessible elections by developing guidance to meet HAVA requirements, adopting voluntary voting system guidelines, and serving as a national clearinghouse of information on election administration. EAC also accredits testing laboratories and certifies voting systems, as well as administers the use of HAVA funds. For more information, visit www.eac.gov.