Natural and man-made disasters have the potential to throw elections into chaos, destroying infrastructure, displacing voters and potentially rendering the impacted system more vulnerable to security threats. Recent catastrophic hurricanes, wildfires, floods, volcanic eruptions, terrorist attacks and other disasters have unfortunately made election stabilization and recovery in the aftermath of such events a timely topic for election officials across the country. 

 

When a disaster strikes close to Election Day, election administrators must ensure that elections are still conducted without any margin for error, and often, without any budgetary or scheduling adjustments. The following are interviews and resources from election officials who have succeeded in doing so.

Inaugural Meeting - April 10, 2019

The inaugural meeting of the Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Working Group will gather U.S. Election Assistance Commissioners (EAC) Commissioners and members of this group for an information sharing exercise that will inform future outreach to federal agencies and lay the foundation for future EAC products designed to assist election officials facing disasters.

Presentations:

Presentation: Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Working Group Presentation for U.S. Election Assistance Commission, Memphis, Tennessee

Mark Andersen, Bay County Supervisor of Elections - Bay County, Florida


Presentation: Conducting Elections in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

R. Kyle Ardoin, Secretary of State, Louisiana


Presentation: Empowering Democracy through Technology

Roberto E. Benítez, CIO Puerto Rico State Elections Commission


Presentation: Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Working Group Presentation for U.S. Election Assistance Commission, Memphis, Tennessee

Candace Grubbs, Clerk-Recorder/Registrar of Voters in Butte County - Butte County, California


Presentation: Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Working Group Presentation for U.S. Election Assistance Commission, Memphis, Tennessee (a very large file, takes a while to download)

Margaret Jurgensen, Montgomery County Election Director - Montgomery County, Maryland


Presentation: Florida’s Perspective Presentation for U.S. Election Assistance Commission’s Disaster Preparedness & Recovery Working Group

Maria Matthews Esq., Director, Florida Division of Elections - Florida

 

Example Continuity Plans:

Business Continuity Plan for the Orange County, California Registrar of Voters