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An U.S. Election Assistance Commission blog written by EAC Commissioner Thomas Hicks

  • EAC’s 2018 Clearinghouse Awards: Sharing Best Practices in Election Administration

    Feb 15, 2019
    The EAC announced the winners of our 2018 Clearinghouse Awards for Best Practices in Election Administration. The awards, also known as the Clearies, provide election offices across America an opportunity to share their innovative efforts and celebrate successes. The Clearies play an important role in furthering the EAC’s responsibilities under the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA). Under that act, the EAC serves as a clearinghouse for election administration information.
  • EAC Election Readiness Summit: Investing in Security

    Oct 01, 2018
    On Wednesday, October 3, 2018, just one month before the 2018 midterm elections, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission will host the EAC Election Readiness Summit in the Capitol Visitors Center from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET. During the first panel, I will speak with Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman, Joe Rozell, Elections Director of Oakland County, Michigan and Meagan Wolfe, Administrator of Wisconsin Elections Commission.
  • Making Registration Accessible for All

    Sep 04, 2018
    I’ve met countless voters across the nation and often hear stories about the unacceptable obstacles many have faced when registering to vote. Many voters face such obstacles because they have a disability and because an election worker, or a team of election workers, didn’t know how best to serve them. However, many jurisdictions are implementing innovative programs to address this issue.
  • Language Access Summit: Trends in Election Administration and their Impact on Language Access

    Jul 23, 2018
    I am honored to moderate the fourth and final session of the day, “Trends in Election Administration and their Impact on Language Access,” which aims to take the discussion beyond the importance of Section 203 compliance towards expanded approaches to language assistance. Today, I am pleased to announce the panelists who will join me for this discussion.
  • Recruiting the Next Generation of Civic Leaders

    Apr 13, 2018
    Despite the millions of Americans who serve as poll workers in each federal election, there remains a chronic shortage of election workers in the United States. In 2016, for example, nearly 65 percent of jurisdictions reported some level of difficulty in obtaining a sufficient number of poll workers. As a result recruiting, training, managing and retaining election workers is constantly on the minds of election officials.
  • Cybersecurity: “Detect, Defend, and Recover” at Heart of EAC’s Work

    Oct 26, 2017
    This week, I had the opportunity to address members of Congress about the work the U.S. Election Assistance Commission is doing to help America vote. My remarks came just days before the 15th anniversary of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), which was enacted on October 29, 2002. That legislation created the EAC and remains the steadfast compass for our commission’s work.
  • Election Threats are Universal Problem for Democracies

    Jun 26, 2017
    Last week I joined a number of European democracies for a forum to discuss challenges we all face to as a result of attempts by foreign governments and individuals to influence or meddle in democratic elections.
  • EAC Board of Advisors Provides Vital Feedback in Minneapolis

    May 29, 2017
    Last week the U.S. Election Assistance Commission’s Board of Advisors commission met in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Board of Advisors is composed of a diverse group of members ranging from election officials and government officials to college professors, computer scientists and activists. Each member brings a unique and important voice to the table and helps to shape our work to ensure accurate, accessible and secure elections.
  • Recent Conference Sheds Light on Stakeholders' Election Concerns

    Mar 22, 2017
    The Election Assistance Commission’s Commissioners and staff know the many benefits of communicating regularly with state and local election officials. That’s why we devote a great deal of time traveling across the country sharing information about the EAC’s resources and asking election administrators how we can best help them run effective elections.
  • Commissioner Chairmanship Chapter Closes

    Feb 22, 2017
    At the end of this week, my tenure as Chair of the EAC will end. It has been a fantastic journey and a true honor to chair the agency tasked with assisting voters, states and territories in achieving the most secure election this nation has ever held. While there were certainly challenges and areas of concern last year, by all accounts the administration of the 2016 election was a success.
  • India Conference Spotlights Global Efforts to Expand Voter Access

    Jan 30, 2017
    Hearing about India’s extraordinary efforts to reach every voter reinforced my belief that each of our countries has a lot to learn from one other while we continue to improve our election administration, especially when it comes to ensuring that voting is accessible for everyone. The EAC’s voter rights cards and other efforts with the Accessible Voting Technology Initiative have produced almost 50 products that assist voters with disabilities. Most notably, the EAC helped wounded warriors cast
  • Traveling to Cuba

    Dec 20, 2016
    Elections in the United States and all around the world. I traveled to Cuba on the type of trip that I had only read about in history books. I was a part of a State Department mission to facilitate dialogues on human rights.