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About the EAC

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) is an independent, bipartisan commission whose mission is to help election officials improve the administration of elections and help Americans participate in the voting process.   

About the EAC

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

Other responsibilities include maintaining the national mail voter registration form developed in accordance with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993

HAVA established the Standards Board and the Board of Advisors to advise the EAC. The law also established the Technical Guidelines Development Committee to assist the EAC in the development of voluntary voting system guidelines. In 2021, the EAC also established the Local Leadership Council composed of two election official leaders from each state. 

The four EAC commissioners are appointed by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The EAC is required to submit an annual report to Congress as well as testify periodically about HAVA progress and related issues. The commission also holds public meetings and hearings to inform the public about its progress and activities. 

What is the U.S. Election Assistance Commission?

Featured About the EAC Materials & Quick Links

  • EAC Commissioners

    The Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) specifies that four commissioners are nominated by the President on recommendations from the majority and minority leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

  • EAC Advisory Boards

    Established advisory committees that help the EAC complete its mission; Standards Board, Board of Advisors, Technical Guidelines Development Committee, and Local Leadership Council. 

  • Contact U.S. EAC

    EAC contact information and inquiry submission form. 

EAC Operations

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Agency policies, annual reports, and other reports. 

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Agency budgets and justifications, agency financial reports, and other reporting. 

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Find policies, careers, and surveys. 

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Policies, contact information, and the FOIA reading room. 

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Learn how to become a part of our EAC staff.

More EAC Information

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Learn how to sign up to help in your community and what being a poll worker means. 

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The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002 was passed by the United States Congress to make sweeping reforms to the nation's...

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Information on testimony and hearings from the EAC's two congressional committees:(1) Committee on House Administration,...

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The fiscal year activities reports (annual report) summarize EAC's efforts to improve federal election administration.

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View the EAC Social Media Policy.

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No Fear Act Annual Report, Anti-discrimination Laws, Whistleblower Protection Laws, Retaliation for Engaging in...

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View the EAC's privacy statement information.

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The FOIA Reading Room contains frequently requested documents as well as EAC statements, correspondence, and administrative...

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The following materials include documentation that supports and guides the EAC in Equal Employment Opportunity efforts....

Latest Election Official Resources

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This memo provides best practices to keep voters’ address information current following changes to USPS’s National Change of...

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This resource, created jointly with CISA, FBI, EAC and the USPIS, provides election offices with background information to...

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The EAC has created a highly customizable social media toolkit that officials can use throughout their voter education and...

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States or state professional associations can use this resource to develop an awards program to recognize election...

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Strategies to support election officials in delivering accessible communications to voters through electronic documents, in-...

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To help prepare for the 2024 election season, the EAC has created this preparedness checklist for essential tasks.

Latest EAC Videos

2024 Elections Summit - US Election Assistance Commission and the University of Maryland

Using the EAC's Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) Template

"Cybersecurity and Election Administration" Video Series