August 2020 EAC Quarterly Newsletter

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Help America Vote National Poll Worker Recruitment Day September 1, 2020

Established by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, National Poll Worker Recruitment Day is set for September 1st.

September 1, is a day of action with the goal of encouraging potential poll workers to sign up on the Help America Vote website to help out in the 2020 election. We would love to have you support our efforts to assist. Our support form can be found here. If you require updated jurisdiction information in our poll worker tool, please email us at helpamericavote@eac.gov.

CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission is committed to assisting election officials administer safe elections during the coronavirus pandemic. We have been working with federal partners, state and local election officials, and other experts and stakeholders to compile COVID-19 election preparedness resources for election officials to utilize during this time.

ONLINE RESOURCES

The EAC has been creating, curating, and updating resources for election officials to use during the coronavirus pandemic. These resources, available since mid-March, are updated regularly: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources page

IN-PERSON VOTING RESOURCES

The EAC has complied resources to assist election officials in administering safe in person voting practices during the coronavirus pandemic:

EAC In-Person Voting Page

CDC Considerations for Election Polling Locations and Voters (cobranded with the CDC)

Manufacturer Cleaning Guidance for Election Equipment

Poll Worker Resources

EAC/DC Board of Elections In-Person Voting Guidelines Video

ABSENTEE & VOTE BY MAIL RESOURCES

The EAC has complied resources to assist election officials in preparing for increased absentee voting and vote by mail because of the coronavirus pandemic. Resources on the absentee and vote by mail page also includes USPS resources, FVAP resources, and state and local resources: Voting by Mail/Absentee Voting Page

GCC AND SCC RESOURCES

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Elections Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council (GCC) and Sector Coordinating Council (SCC) Joint COVID Working Group created the following resources regarding how to administer elections and secure election infrastructure during the coronavirus pandemic. Below are in-person voting resources and absentee and mail voting resources.

IN-PERSON VOTING GCC & SCC RESOURCES

Links to the following resources can be found here on the EAC website:

Finding Voting Locations and Poll Workers

Considerations for Modifying the Scale of In-Person Voting

Health and Safety at the Polling Place

Safeguarding Staff and Work Environment from COVID-19

EAC COMMISSIONER VIDEO SERIES

As a response to the coronavirus pandemic, EAC Commissioners have produced a video series with state and local election officials, federal partners, advocates, and other stakeholders in an effort to provide election administrators with additional resources and a platform to discuss election administration during the coronavirus pandemic.
 

ABSENTEE & VOTE BY MAIL GCC & SCC RESOURCES

The following documents, which can be found here provide guidance for state, local, tribal, and territorial election officials on how to administer and secure election infrastructure in light of the COVID-19 epidemic:

The Importance of Accurate Voter Data When Expanding Absentee or Mail Ballot Voting

Election Education and Outreach for Increased Absentee or Mail Voting

Electronic Ballot Delivery and Marking

Helping Voters Request a Mail-in Ballot

Managing an Increase in Outbound Ballots

Inbound Ballot Process

Ballot Drop Box

Signature Verification and Cure Process

Vote by Mail/Absentee Voting Timeline

INCREASED VOTE BY MAIL

Handling Increased Absentee and Mail Voting at the County Level

Handling Absentee Ballot Requests for Increased Voting by Mail

Emergency Election Laws and COVID-19

COVID-19 HEARINGS

In addition to the EAC Commissioner led video series, the EAC has also held two COVID-19 specific hearings with election officials, advocates, and federal partners to discuss election administration during the pandemic and lessons that election officials learned during the 2020 Primary Elections:

Hearing 1: Election Response to COVID-19: Administering Elections during the Coronavirus Crisis

Hearing 2: Lessons Learned from the 2020 Primary Elections

UTILIZING THE NATIONAL GUARD FOR ELECTIONS

In Wisconsin

In Iowa

 

GRANTS & FUNDING

On March 27, 2020, President Donald J. Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) into law. The Act includes $400 million in new Help America Vote Act (HAVA) emergency funds, made available to states to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus pandemic for the 2020 federal election cycle. The EAC has offered guidance to the states on how these funds can be used and have updated reports and other information on the following pages:

2020 CARES Act Grants

2020 CARES Act Grants FAQs

Guidance on HAVA Funds for Expenses Related to COVID-19

CARES Act Grant Funding

CARES Act Funding Webinar on April 9, 2020

The CARES Act of 2020: Meeting the Match

Interview 1: Considerations for CARES Act Grant Funding Use (Alabama and Florida)

Interview 2: Consideration for CARES Act Grant Funding Use for elections in this COVID environment (Pennsylvania and Kentucky)

Interview 3: Considerations for CARES Act Grant Funding Use at the Local Level (Missouri and Iowa)

Interview 4: Considerations for CARES Act Funding (Louisiana and Connecticut)

 

ACCESSIBILITY FOR VOTERS WITH DISABILITIES

Roundtable to Assist Voters with Disabilities and Election Officials – Roundtable 1

Roundtable to Assist Voters with Disabilities and Election Officials – Roundtable 2

 

ELECTION ADMINISTRATION AND VOTING SURVEY (EAVS)

The EAC publishes biennial Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS) Comprehensive Reports, which feature key election administration data findings from all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. The EAVS will open up soon for U.S. states and territories. On August 10, 2020, the EAC released an updated policy guide for EAVS detailing the process and timeline for state data submissions as well as other important information.

 

ELECTION SECURITY PREPAREDNESS

As a part of the EAC’s clearinghouse functions, the EAC Election Security Preparedness page provides election officials with a myriad of resources related to election and cyber security. Subcategories include:

Election Security Resources

Resources for Voters

Performing self-assessments

Securing non-voting election technology

Using your procurement process to improve security

A closer look at remote voting

Preparing and responding to cybersecurity incidents

Cybersecurity training resources

Information on conducting election audits

Your best practices

General security resources

 

THE CYBER ACCESS & SECURITY PROGRAM

The Cyber Access and Security Program was launched to provide access to security training, best practices, expertise, and other assistance for election officials tasked with protecting critical election infrastructure. The program collaborates with public and private security experts to ensure that election officials have the most up-to-date and best in class information available through the EAC’s Clearinghouse. In partnership with the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL), the program offers Cybersecurity Training for Election Officials is a no-cost online cybersecurity training for all election officials and elections related staff. This training focuses on election cybersecurity and is delivered in three courses: Cybersecurity 101, 201, and 301. Risk Management and Crisis Management online workshops will be coming in August 2020.


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