EAC maintains the National Mail Voter Registration Form, which voters can use to register to vote and update their registration information. The form is available in seven languages.
EAC also provides voter guides in 11 languages and a variety of links to helpful resources for voters relating to registration, military and overseas voting, accessibility, and volunteering as a poll worker.
HAVA mandates that EAC accredit voting system test laboratories and certify voting equipment, marking the first time the federal government has offered these services to the states.
EAC is committed to running the program in a transparent manner, releasing voting system test plans and reports for the public to review and posting detailed information about the voluntary voting system guidelines, program policies, and related correspondence.
One of EAC's top priorities is providing assistance to election officials. We do this by issuing guidance, advisories and best practices to help officials comply with the Help America Vote Act and make other election administration improvements and enhancements.
EAC administers federal funding to improve the administration of U.S. elections as authorized by the Help America Vote Act. The commission also manages discretionary, competitive grant programs authorized by HAVA, including the HAVA College Program to recruit college students to serve as poll workers and the HAVA Mock Election Program, which supports activities to educate secondary students in the electoral process.
EAC is responsible under the Help America Vote Act for collecting information about election administration issues and sharing that information with Congress, election officials and the public.
This section contains completed research and reports commissioned by EAC, information about EAC research in progress, and additional elections research issued by other organizations. Datasets are also available to download.
Voters can use the National Mail Voter Registration Form to register to vote, update registration information due to a change of name, make a change of address, or register with a political party.
The National Form also contains voter registration rules and regulations for each state and territory. For more information about registering to vote, contact your state election office. Read our Frequently Asked Questions for more information about the national form.
Over the years, we’ve assisted several states and counties with review and feedback on RFP documents prior to the state finalizing the requirements or issuing the final request. If you are developing these documents for any election systems, we are happy to review and provide feedback to you. Our team has quite a bit of experience with developing requirements and in-depth knowledge of things you don’t want to forget to include in your RFPs.
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A big thank you to the more than 130 voters with various disabilities who emailed us from across America. Their stories ranged from positive to unfortunate experiences where they were not given the opportunity to cast a ballot in a private and independent manner. We would like to hear more. Please email your voting story to us: email@example.com. Your feedback will help us better prepare our 2017 game plan.
The "Voting System Testing Update" blog is an effort to keep everyone informed of the progress systems in the EAC’s Testing and Certification Program are making each week. We hope that this adds additional transparency to our process and allows stakeholders to get a weekly update about test campaigns that impact their jurisdiction.
On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, election administrators played their equivalent to the Super Bowl. With all the months and months of daily hard work that it takes to pull off Election Day, no doubt they probably wish they could take the Wednesday after as a holiday, too. The most they get is a few hours of sleep early Wednesday morning before they have to go back to the office and make sure the vote tally is completed and accurate in preparation for certification of the final result. Only after that can our election administrators take a deep breath – and maybe a day or two off – before beginning to work on the next election.
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Election officials across the country are constantly trying to better understand their voters and improve voter experience. A great example of this is the Escambia County, Florida Supervisor of Elections office. Last year they commissioned the Haas Center, a research and consulting arm of the University of West Florida, to conduct surveys of registered voters around both their August primary and November general election.
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February 27, 2017
U.S. EAC Certifies Modifications to Election Systems & Software Voting System
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