Election officials are contingency planners by nature and are continually working to make sure elections are accessible, secure, and accurate, and that voters are safe. The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) understands election officials and voters may have questions and concerns regarding the novel coronavirus and COVID-19. As part of our clearinghouse function, we are working with federal partners and election officials to compile and offer resources. 

The EAC recommends regularly visiting state and local election websites for the most up-to-date election information. 

We plan to update information and add examples of resources to this page as they become available.  

If you are an election official, voting system manufacturer, or other election stakeholder, and would like to submit resources to be considered for this page, please email clearinghouse@eac.gov.


State-Specific Resources

 

Arizona

Arizona Secretary of State

  • Press Release: SOS recommends requesting an early ballot by today’s deadline (3.6.2020) – This press release includes recommendations to voters about the upcoming primary with information about requesting a ballot by mail, and how the Secretary of State and other state offices are coordinating to ensure COVID-19 does not interrupt the election.

  • Press Release: Arizona election officials update response to COVID-19 (3.11.2020) - This follow-up release explains the Secretary of State's additional guidance to counties as a result of new developments in the state response to COVID-19 including additional precautions for voting locations at senior centers and other facilities frequented by seniors.
     

North Carolina

North Carolina State Board of Elections

  • Press Release: Statement on COVID-19 Response (3.12.2020) - This release includes information on how the State Board is monitoring developments of COVID-19 and preparing for upcoming elections, including coordinating with federal and state partners. It also reminds voters of their options to cast a ballot. 


Ohio 

Ohio Secretary of State

  • Corona Facts – This page provides on how the Secretary of State’s office is coordinating with county boards of elections and how they are preparing and protecting voters leading up to Election Day.

  • Actions Taken by Secretary LaRose – This page outlines the steps the Secretary of State’s office has taken to promote a safe and healthy environment for Ohioans as they go to the polls.


South Carolina

South Carolina State Election Commission


Federal Resources

 

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

 

Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (DHS CISA)

  • CISA Coronavirus webpage - This page provides information on CISA’s efforts with federal partners concerning coronavirus and COVID-19 and links to other federal resources.

  • CISA Insights: Risk Management for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) – This brief provides recommendations on how to address physical supply chain and cyber security issues that may arise from the spread of the novel coronavirus. This resource is helpful for election officials to prepare for possible impacts of the novel coronavirus. Below is an excerpt from this CISA Insights brief.

    • Cybersecurity for Organizations

      • As organizations explore various alternate workplace options in response to COVID-19, CISA recommends examining the security of information technology systems by taking the following steps:

        • Secure systems that enable remote access.

        • Ensure Virtual Private Network and other remote access systems are fully patched.

        • Enhance system monitoring to receive early detection and alerts on abnormal activity.

        • Implement multi-factor authentication

        • Ensure all machines have properly configured firewalls as well as anti-malware and intrusion prevention installed.

        • Test remote access solutions capacity or increase capacity

        • Ensure continuity of operations plans or business continuity plans are up-to-date.

        • Increase awareness of information technology support mechanisms for employees who work remotely.

        • Update incident response plans to consider workforce changes in a distributed environment.

 

U.S. Postal Service

  • USPS Statement on Coronavirus 

    • This statement from the U.S. Postal Service released March 4, 2020 may be helpful to voters who participate by mail, including military and overseas voters.

 

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Pandemic Influenza Continuity of Operations Annex Template - This template from FEMA provides guidance to assist organizations in developing a Pandemic Influenza Continuity of Operations plan or, if the organization already has a continuity plan, a Pandemic Influenza Annex. General guidance and sample information is provided for reference and organizations are encouraged to tailor Pandemic Influenza Continuity plans to meet specific organizational needs and requirements. The template contains elements of a viable continuity plan and allows organizations to insert information as deemed appropriate. 

  • Note: The EAC is planning to establish a working group with election officials to help populate this template to better assist state election officials and others.

 

Election Assistance Commission (EAC)

 


Other Resources

National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS)

  • Issue Briefing – Election Emergencies and COVID-19 – NASS developed this page to provide a general overview of state policies on this topic, as well as an update on efforts by election officials to deal with potential issues posed specifically by COVID-19. The briefing page includes answers to questions about election administration in emergency situations overall, information on current COVID-19 monitoring and measures by election officials, state press releases regarding COVID-19 responses, additional COVID-19 related resource webpages, and other information.

National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)

  • COVID-19 and Elections – NCSL does not recommend legislative changes or provide opinions on policy options, but instead gathered policy option ideas that have been considered in response to the COVID-19 pandemic on this page. The page includes information and links on election emergency statutes, contingency planning, options to cast a ballot in addition to polling places, provisional ballot laws, and other information.

  • Election Emergencies — Statutes relating to election emergencies vary by state, and this NCSL resource offers a summary and further details on these state-specific statutes.