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Voting Systems Testing Updates

Voting System Testing Update – May 4, 2020

This blog is an effort to keep everyone informed of the progress of voting systems that are in the EAC’s Testing and Certification Program.
Monday, May 4, 2020
Voting Systems Testing Updates

Voting System Anomaly Reporting - January 28, 2020

With the 2020 election year kicking in to full swing, I thought it was a great time to remind everyone of an important pillar of the EAC’s Testing and Certification program – voting system anomaly reporting.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Election Administration

Honoring an Elections Tradition: EAC 2019 “I Voted” Sticker Clearie Awards

This year’s EAC Clearinghouse Awards competition will accept submissions for a special new category: original and creative “I voted” stickers. The EAC announced this category in September when it launched the 2019 Clearies.  Below are additional details about our fun new contest. We hope you will reach out and submit your own homegrown stickers!   
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Election Administration

Today is the Day

It’s National Voter Registration Day and the EAC is pleased to mark the occasion with one last reminder to plan to participate in the next election! As FDR’s famous quote reminds us, the right to vote starts with each of us, and the first step is voter registration.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Election Administration

A Patriotic Pairing: High School Students and Veterans Serving at the Polls

The new school year is in full swing across the United States, which makes this a fitting time to highlight a Clearie award winner in the category of Recruiting, Training, and Retaining Election Workers. This week, I caught up with Megan Anderson, Principal of Ely Memorial High School, to discuss their collaborative effort pairing students and veterans to serve at the polls.
Monday, September 23, 2019
Election Administration

Lessening Lines on Election Day and Measuring the Results: A 2018 Clearie Contender

This week, the EAC launched the fourth annual Clearinghouse Awards, better known as the “Clearies.” In conjunction with our call for submissions, during September and October, we are highlighting past Clearie entrants and awardees. Recently, I interviewed Michele White, Director of Elections and General Registrar for Virginia’s Prince William County Office of Elections, regarding their 2018 Clearie submission.
Friday, September 13, 2019
Election Administration

National Voter Registration Day: A Nationwide Partnership for Participation

As an official supporter of the seventh annual National Voter Registration Day on September 24, 2019, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) is proud to support registration advocates around the nation to ensure that all eligible Americans have the opportunity to cast their ballot this year or in 2020. And while it’s great to have those of us based in Washington, DC backing this important initiative, it’s far more important for all of you to think about what you can do to lend a hand late
Thursday, September 12, 2019
Election Administration

Register to Vote and Keep Your Promise

Registering to vote is much more than a bureaucratic formality. It’s a promise to participate in shaping our representative democracy by casting your ballot.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Election Administration

A 2018 Clearie Contender: Tools for Achieving Website Accessibility

In early September, the EAC will kick off the submission period for the fourth annual 2019 Clearinghouse Awards. Dubbed the “Clearies” for short, the national effort celebrates best practices in election administration and helps advance the EAC’s clearinghouse responsibilities under the Help America Vote Act.
Friday, August 16, 2019
Voting Accessibility

A Dialogue with Leaders in the Disability Community on Voting Accessibility and Security

Just days ahead of the 29th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the EAC’s four Commissioners met with members of the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) for a pre-conference session on accessibility and security in the voting process. Commissioners also heard from attendees about a variety of other election access needs for voters with disabilities.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Election Administration

EAC Providing Valuable Support for Election Officials, Voters Ahead of 2020 Elections

In recent weeks, EAC Commissioners and staff have packed their bags and crisscrossed the nation to participate in conferences hosted by state and local election officials, as well as national gatherings of the National Association of Secretaries of State, the National Association of State Election Directors, the National Association of Counties and the International Association of Government Officials. The EAC’s four Commissioners have already visited 25 states in the first half of this year.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Voting Systems Testing Updates

Voting System Testing Update – July 9, 2019

is blog is an effort to keep everyone informed of the progress of voting systems that are in the EAC’s Testing and Certification Program.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS)

2019 Election Data Summit: Announcing our Election Security Panelists

Election security has been top of mind for election officials since the 2016 elections, and efforts are well underway to strengthen election infrastructure for the 2020 elections and beyond. Leveraging governmental and non-governmental partnerships, including with new actors to the elections space like the Department of Homeland Security and state National Guard units, state and local election officials are working tirelessly to harden their systems and adopt cybersecurity best practices.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS)

2019 Election Data Summit: Announcing our 2018 Overview Panelists

?Important data on the 2018 midterm elections will be released on Thursday, June 27. This includes the final report and dataset from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission’s (EAC) 2018 Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS), as well as findings from a recent national survey of local election officials conducted by the Democracy Fund in partnership with Reed College.
Monday, June 24, 2019
Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS)

2019 Election Data Summit: Announcing UOCAVA, Reaching Citizen Voters Abroad Panelists

UOCAVA is an essential component to including our citizens aboard and armed service members serving away from home in the democratic process. The 2019 Election Data Summit will unite election experts to examine how data can be used to improve the election administration process and ensure access for UOCAVA voters.
Friday, June 21, 2019
Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS)

2019 Election Data Summit: Announcing our Voter Registration Panelists

Voter registration is integral to the election administration process. Registering to vote, verifying voter eligibility and maintaining the accuracy of the voter registration list are several significant components of the complex voter registration process.
Thursday, June 20, 2019
Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS)

Sneak Peek: 2019 Election Data Summit and 2018 EAVS Report

EAC staff is working diligently on final preparations for our 2019 Election Data Summit. This year, the Election Data Summit will be hosted in the Senate Rules Committee Room in the Russell Senate Office Building on June 27, 2019. This year’s Summit also coincides with the release of the HAVA-mandated 2018 Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS) report, still the most comprehensive data collection effort regarding election administration in the United States.
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Election Administration

The Role of Design in the Vote-By-Mail Process: Envelopes Get Their Day in the Sun

EAC staff enjoys learning from and hearing about the experiences of stakeholders in the election community. A recent discussion with Drew Davies, owner and design director of Oxide Design Co., provides insight that may be of interest to those curious about the design aspect of vote by mail materials.
Thursday, May 23, 2019
Commissioner Christy McCormick

Post Office and Election Office, Critical Partners in Democracy

Commissioners from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) traveled to the National Postal Forum in Indiana, the “Crossroads of America,” this week to discuss how the USPS can work with election officials to better serve American voters as an increasing number of Americans are choosing, or required, to vote by mail.
Thursday, May 9, 2019
Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS)

Important Data on the 2018 Elections Released Today

Earlier today, the U.S. Census Bureau released its key findings on voting and registration for the November 2018 general elections, as well as the accompanying dataset. The Census Bureau collects this data every two years following each federal general election through its Voting and Registration Supplement to the Current Population Survey (CPS).
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Women in Elections

Women in Elections: Christina White, Miami-Dade County Election Supervisor

The EAC launched a “Women in Elections” campaign to coincide with Women’s History Month. During the month of March, EAC Chairwoman Christy McCormick interviewed several women at the heart of elections at the Secretary of State and county, and within academia, and share their insight about elections on the EAC’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.
Friday, April 5, 2019
Election Administration

EAC Releases New Resources Supporting Language Accessibility in Elections

According to U.S. Census Bureau data, there are nearly 26 million people in the U.S with limited English proficiency and more than 66 millions who speak a language other than English at home. Such individuals can face challenges when attempting to register to vote and cast a ballot. The EAC is pleased to announce our newest resources that seek to strengthen language accessibility and help election officials serve voters with language needs.
Monday, April 1, 2019
Women in Elections

Women in Elections: Christy McCormick, Chairwoman, U.S. Election Assistance Commission

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) conducted a “Women in Elections” campaign to coincide with Women’s History Month. During the month of March, we interviewed several women at the heart of elections at the Secretary of State and county level, and within academia, and shared their insight about elections on the EAC’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. We are completing our 2019 series by turning the tables and asking a few questions of the series’ interviewer, EAC Chairwoman.
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Women in Elections

Women in Elections: Sarah Ball Johnson, City Clerk, Colorado Springs

The EAC has launched a “Women in Elections” campaign to coincide with Women’s History Month. During the month of March, we will interview several women at the heart of elections at the Secretary of State and county level, and within academia, and share their insight about elections on the EAC’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. Follow the conversation online at #WomeninElections.
Monday, March 25, 2019
Voting Systems Testing Updates

Voting System Testing Update – March 22, 2019

This blog is an effort to keep everyone informed of the progress of voting systems that are in the EAC’s Testing and Certification Program.
Friday, March 22, 2019
Women in Elections

Women in Elections: Candace Grubbs, Clerk-Recorder/Registrar of Voters in Butte County, California

The EAC has launched a “Women in Elections” campaign to coincide with Women’s History Month. During the month of March, we will interview several women at the heart of elections at the Secretary of State and county, and within academia, and share their insight about elections on the EAC’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. Follow the conversation online at #WomeninElections.
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Women in Elections

Women in Elections: Barbara Cegavske, Nevada Secretary of State

The EAC has launched a “Women in Elections” campaign to coincide with Women’s History Month. During the month of March, we will interview several women at the heart of elections at the Secretary of State and county level, and within academia, and share their insight about elections on the EAC’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. Follow the conversation online at #WomeninElections.
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Women in Elections

Women in Elections: Tabitha Lehman, Sedgwick County, Kansas Election Commissioner

The EAC has launched a “Women in Elections” campaign to coincide with Women’s History Month. During the month of March, we will interview several women at the heart of elections at the Secretary of State and county, and within academia, and share their insight about elections on the EAC’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. Follow the conversation online at #WomeninElections.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Women in Elections

Women in Elections: Dr. Bridgett King, Assistant Professor & MPA Director, Auburn University

The EAC has launched a “Women in Elections” campaign to coincide with Women’s History Month. During the month of March, we will interview several women at the heart of elections at the Secretary of State and county, and within academia, and share their insight about elections on the EAC’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. Follow the conversation online at #WomeninElections.
Friday, March 8, 2019
Election Administration

The Importance of Good (Ballot) Design

While the 2018 Midterm Elections were administrated without issue in the majority of jurisdictions, some voters did experience long lines, malfunctioning voting equipment and flawed ballot design that made it harder for them to vote, or in some cases, prevented them from casting a ballot. So, as election officials prepare for the next election, how can they ensure ballots are designed effectively?
Monday, March 4, 2019
Women in Elections

Leadership, Vision, Innovation: Celebrating Women in Elections

A hundred years ago, Congress passed the 19th amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote. It took another year for the States to ratify the amendment, and it radically changed the makeup of our American electorate. Just a month ago, in his State of the Union Address, the President stated to great cheers and chants of “USA! USA!” from both sides of the aisle, that we “have more women serving in Congress than in any time before.”
Monday, March 4, 2019
Commissioner Christy McCormick

Congratulations to Brian Hancock, Outgoing Testing & Certification Director

Today, U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) Testing & Certification Director Brian Hancock has retired after 35 years in the federal government. Brian is a highly respected election technology expert and a treasured colleague. On behalf of all the Commissioners, and the EAC staff, I would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation and gratitude to Brian for his lifetime of service to the election community.
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Commissioner Thomas Hicks

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

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.
Friday, February 15, 2019
Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS)

Launch of the 2018 EAVS and New Resources

With the midterm elections now behind us, the EAC has begun implementing the 2018 Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS). The EAVS is the agency’s biennial survey that collects the most comprehensive nationwide data on election administration from nearly 6,500 local election jurisdictions across all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.
Monday, December 10, 2018
Commissioner Christy McCormick

EAC Election Readiness Summit: Putting Voters First

During the second panel of the EAC Election Readiness Summit, I will speak with election officials about the importance of putting voters first and ensuring the process of voting is as easy as possible. Their innovative approaches and unique programs have improved the accessibility, security, and efficiency of elections, and we’re looking forward to highlighting their work.
Monday, October 1, 2018
Commissioner Thomas Hicks

EAC Election Readiness Summit: Investing in Security

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.
Monday, October 1, 2018
Commissioner Christy McCormick

Supporting Registration and Voting for Military and Overseas Voters

Those who serve and protect our republic, like all Americans, deserve every opportunity to shape it. As we approach National Voter Registration Day on September 25, it is important to remember the challenges faced by UOCAVA voters when registering to vote and how election officials can support their voting experience.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018