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Guides and Best Practices to Prepare for November

from: Jessica Myers on Aug 10, 2012


EAC Division of Research, Policy and Programs (RPP)
Guides and Best Practices to Prepare for November
Over the years, EAC’s RPP created many resources for voters and election officials. As November approaches, we thought it would be useful to remind everyone about these resources and how they can help you prepare for Election Day!
Voter Guides (for Voters and Election Officials)
The EAC developed a voter's guide, which is available in 11 languages. It is designed to help voters successfully navigate the federal elections process. It includes everything from registration to casting a ballot on Election Day. The guide also includes information on eligibility and early voting, as well as the registration and voting process for military and civilians living abroad, and polling place services that make voting more accessible.
Designing Polling Place Materials (for Election Officials)
The design of election materials is complex; therefore, the EAC created a best practices report and recommended samples for optical scan ballots, direct-recording electronic (DRE) ballots and polling place voter information materials. These items can be viewed in the context of the full report, which addresses the design planning process, general best practices, implementation insights, limitations and more.
Election officials may request a CD containing the report and camera-ready images that can be customized for local election jurisdictions. For more information, contact EAC  toll free at 866-747-1471 or send an email to HAVAinfo@eac.gov.
Pollworker Best Practices (for Election Officials)
The EAC’s issued best practices guidebooks to help election officials recruit, train, and retain poll workers. These guidebooks were developed by veteran election officials, poll workers, and voters and they were field tested at six locations during the 2006 elections. These resources are available to download at no cost on the EAC website.
If you have additional questions, please contact Jessica Myers at jmyers@eac.gov or via Twitter (@EACgov).


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Guides and Best Practices to Prepare for November

EAC has developed many resources for voters and election officials. As November approaches, see how they can help you prepare for Election Day!