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EAC Taps Juliet Thompson for General Counsel Position

Posted on August 26, 2004

WASHINGTON - The United States Election Assistance Commission (EAC), a national clearinghouse and resource for information and review of procedures with respect to the administration of Federal elections, announced today its appointment of Juliet E. Thompson to a four-year term as General Counsel, effective September 7, 2004.

Ms. Thompson currently holds the position of Associate General Counsel at the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America. Prior to holding this position, Juliet served as General Counsel of the Louisiana Department of Elections and Registration. In this capacity, she was responsible for advising the Commissioner of Elections on all issues related to the Department of Elections. Furthermore, she coordinated and facilitated the development of Louisiana's plan for compliance with the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA).

"EAC is pleased to welcome Juliet Thompson as its first General Counsel. Her elections experience and knowledge of HAVA bring many benefits to EAC," stated Gracia Hillman, Vice Chair of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. "Juliet knows first hand the work of State and local election officials and we expect that her abilities, insights, advice and counsel will be valuable assets as we move toward Election Day and beyond."

Juliet Thompson stated, "I am looking forward to working with the U.S. Election Assistance Commission and ensuring that we meet the challenges of improving voting systems and having an election in November that is free and fair."

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) is an independent bipartisan agency created by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA). EAC is charged with administering voluntary guidelines for election requirements under HAVA, serving as a "national clearinghouse and resource for the comparison of information" on various matters regarding election administration procedures, including testing and certification of election equipment, and administering the Election Assistance and Help America Vote programs. The EAC commissioners are DeForest B. Soaries, Jr., Chairman; Gracia M. Hillman, Vice Chair; Paul DeGregorio and Ray Martinez III.