FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 10, 2017
EAC Commissioners Honor Veterans,
Call for Improved Voting Services for Those with Combat-Related Disabilities
Silver Spring, Md. – As the nation pauses to honor the sacrifice and bravery of its veterans, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission’s (EAC) commissioners are urging election officials to focus on efforts that can improve election services for veteran voters who return home with combat-related disabilities and calling on veterans to continue their service at home by volunteering as election workers.
EAC Chairman Matthew Masterson, Vice Chairman Thomas Hicks and Commissioner Christy McCormick today issued the following statement:
“On Veteran’s Day we honor the brave men and women whose service on the front lines of conflict across the globe protects our most fundamental rights here at home, including the right to shape our democracy through free elections. Today we acknowledge their tremendous sacrifice and celebrate their patriotism by rededicating ourselves and the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to work that advances election access for all, especially those veterans who return home with combat-related disabilities. The commission has prioritized working with election officials across the nation to provide guidance, innovations and best practices that can ensure these voters have the opportunity to cast their ballot privately and independently.
“We also call on veterans who spent their time in the military fighting to defend our right vote and other American ideals to continue their service by working at the polls, especially in those jurisdictions with large veteran and military populations. Voters are often best served by poll workers who have a strong understanding of their community’s unique challenges and backgrounds. We hope America’s veterans will answer this call to action and seek out opportunities to volunteer as an election worker.”
Earlier this year, the EAC hosted a roundtable to discuss ways election officials can best serve veteran voters. To view that program, visit this link
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