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Payments and Grants
This office provides oversight, monitoring and technical assistance to states and local election jurisdictions for HAVA funds. Formula grants include Requirements Payments to help states meet the requirements of Title III in HAVA, and the 2018 HAVA Election Security Grants to support election system upgrades to strengthen election security.
Resources for Voters
The EAC provides timely and useful information to American voters, who deserve accessible, accurate and secure elections
The EAC's Testing and Certification program is the critical first step in the process of maintaining the reliability and security of the voting systems used in our nation's elections.
Resources for Election Officials
Election officials need support to maintain and improve election systems. The EAC is a trusted partner in this important endeavor.
Research & Data
Innovative research and data collection fuels the EAC’s mission to improve voter experience and support election administrators.
EAC is an independent, bipartisan commission charged with developing guidance to meet HAVA requirements.
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The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) was established by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA). 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. 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 EAC. The law also established the Technical Guidelines Development Committee to assist EAC in the development of voluntary voting system guidelines.
The four EAC commissioners are appointed by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. 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.
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