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CI Scoop

CI Scoop: History of Critical Infrastructure Designation

The definition of critical infrastructure has changed over time. The first formal federal definition of “critical infrastructure” was developed in 1996 when President Clinton signed Executive Order 13010. EO 13010 established a national commission on critical infrastructure.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Former Commissioner Matthew Masterson

A Tourniquet Teachable Moment

Is there a simple elegant practice, technique, or procedure that has been known in elections for years that we are ignoring or setting aside in pursuit of a more complicated or technical approach to challenges we face? Could it be creating a more useable process through simple improvements to forms and ballots? Is it a different approach to voter education? Is it a new technique to recruit and train poll workers?
Monday, May 15, 2017
CI Scoop

A New Home Base for Critical Infrastructure Information

This series will regularly discuss critical infrastructure, the designation of elections as critical infrastructure, the issues surrounding the designation, the goal is to share what we know about critical infrastructure so our stakeholders can be more informed.
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Voting Systems Testing Updates

Voting System Testing Update 5.2.17

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.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Former Commissioner Matthew Masterson

California works to improve the voter experience

Last week, I had the chance to visit Los Angeles County to get a closer look at the progress the county has made on the development of their new voting system that is designed to offer voters a variety of options on how to interact with and cast their ballot.
Friday, April 21, 2017
Commissioner Thomas Hicks

Recent Conference Sheds Light on Stakeholders' Election Concerns

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.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Commissioner Christy McCormick

Whistle While You Work – March is List Maintenance Month

Spring cleaning is a bit of an art and a science – and so is list maintenance. The EAC is here to help with tools and best practices. March is our GamePlan17 "List Maintenance" month. Start by reviewing your plan (and if you don’t have one, now is the time to make one), check to be sure you are following all the legal requirements, be sure you are using the most up-to-date databases, and start sweeping and scrubbing. Check out our website for information and call us if you need help.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS)

North Carolina Visualizes Elections Data

The North Carolina State Board of Elections recently created its own series of data visualizations showing detailed voter registration data – both National Voter Registration Act statistics and daily voter registration data going back to 2008 – as well as election results from November 2016. This is in addition to the already enormous amount of elections data the state includes on its website.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
TGDC Meeting

Summary of February 2017 TGDC Meeting

On February 13th and 14th, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) held their first joint Technical Guidelines Development Committee (TGDC) Meeting of 2017. The focus of the meeting was lessons learned by election officials in the 2016 Election; updates from VVSG constituency groups; presentation of proposed scope and structure of the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG) version 2.0; and a presentation and discussion with the
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Commissioner Thomas Hicks

Commissioner Chairmanship Chapter Closes

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.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Voting Accessibility

Listening to Voters with Disabilities

Today, I would like to share a voting story we received from Sharon. As you will read below, although Sharon was eventually able to cast her ballot, she went to great lengths to make it happen. No one should have to face the difficulties that Sharon did to exercise their right to vote.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Commissioner Thomas Hicks

India Conference Spotlights Global Efforts to Expand Voter Access

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
Monday, January 30, 2017
Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS)

The 2016 EAVS: What to Expect

At the end of June this year the EAC will release its 2016 Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS). As it has in the past, this report will include a ton of great election administration information, including data related to: Voter registration Military and overseas voting Absentee ballots Polling places and poll workers Provisional ballots Election Day activities and voting equipment
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS)

EAVS Data Improving Voter Experience, Driving Research

This week, we’ll look at how other stakeholders – other government agencies, academics and interest groups – use the EAVS data to better understand elections.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Former Commissioner Matthew Masterson

How States Use EAVS Data

The EAC is working to streamline the EAVS data collection process, to make it easier for election officials to submit accurate and complete data. We are also working hard to ensure the data is usable for election officials once the report is issued. The data collected in EAVS can serve as a valuable tool for election officials to use as they analyze 2016 and work to update and improve their laws, processes, procedures and training.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Commissioner Thomas Hicks

Traveling to Cuba

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.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS)

More Guidance Provided as EAVS Data Collection Begins

We will provide monthly updates on the 2016 Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS) as well as related news, so look for more information about the survey in the New Year!
Monday, December 19, 2016
Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS)

Step-by-Step Videos Provide Guidance for EAVS

We plan to provide monthly updates on the EAVS as well as related news, so look for more information about the survey in the New Year!
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS)

Counties Providing Wait Times for Early Voting

According to data collected by Dr. Michael McDonald and the United States Election Project, at least 26 million voters (as of the morning of November 1) have already cast ballots for the Nov. 8 general election. And with early voting in full swing in many states this final week before Election Day, those numbers are increasing rapidly.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Former Commissioner Matthew Masterson

The Reality of Election Security

Recently there has been a lot of coverage regarding both election system and voting system security. While some of the stories failed to capture the election official perspective many, particularly local stories, did a great job capturing the facts behind the election process.
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Former Commissioner Matthew Masterson

EAC & FVAP Team Up to Serve Election Officials and Voters

Last week, both EAC and FVAP had the pleasure of traveling to New Jersey to meet with Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno and advocacy groups from across New Jersey. During our visit, we also had the privilege of speaking at the annual New Jersey election official conference. It was a fantastic three days of listening and learning from and with the election officials of New Jersey.
Monday, March 28, 2016