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EAC Issues Voluntary Guidelines on Technology in Elections, Election Office Administration, and Accessibility

Posted on August 30, 2010

EAC recently issued three new chapters in its popular Election Management Guidelines series, providing guidance to state and local election officials on the following topics:

Technology in Elections: Describes how local election officials use technology to more efficiently add voters to registration databases, manage day-to-day work of a government agency, conduct voter outreach, and track activities on Election Day. Also includes information on how to plan for technology upgrades and replacements.

Elections Office Administration: Discusses how to manage internal office processes such as records retention, prepare for an election by using an election calendar, manage facilities and equipment, staff the elections office and polls on Election Day, collect statistical data, and perform budgetary tasks.

Accessibility: Reviews how to manage an accessible elections office, conduct outreach, and provide an accessible voting experience. Also includes a list of accessibility resources.

These new voluntary guidelines were developed with input from the election community, including election officials, voter advocates and election experts. All 19 chapters of the series can be downloaded from EAC’s Election Resource Library.

Local election officials should be on the look out in September for a mailing from EAC that will include eight EMG chapters, including the three above, and seven Quick Start Guides. For more information, contact Marcy Reedy at (202) 566-3100 or mreedy@eac.gov or go to eac.gov/election_management_resources/.