Each year the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) invites submissions for its national Clearinghouse Awards. Under the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA), the EAC is charged with serving as a clearinghouse for election administration information. The Clearies and the efforts they celebrate play an important role in helping the EAC fulfill this mission.

The Clearies are awarded in five categories:

  • Improving Accessibility for Voters with Disabilities: Initiatives that help further voting access for people with disabilities while upholding the provisions in HAVA and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • Outstanding Innovations in Elections: A program that should exhibit tools for creatively improving election administration, while advancing new and innovative concepts.
  • Best Practices in Recruiting, Retaining, and Training Poll Workers: Programs that utilize creative recruitment, training, and retention of election workers during the ever-changing election landscape.
  • Creative and Original "I Voted" Stickers: “I Voted” stickers that exemplify voter education, outreach, and community flair.
    • For more information on the creation of this award, visit the blog here
  • Outstanding Innovation in Election Cybersecurity and Technology: Security-focused initiatives that improve election security of voting systems and strengthen U.S. elections.

Submissions are judged on

  • Innovation: The submission presents a new and original idea.
  • Sustainability: This program will provide long-term benefits, can be maintained at its current level, and can be expanded as the need arises.
  • Outreach Efforts: The organization successfully raises awareness and involves the community. Public engagement is encouraged through educational presentations, community outreach activities, workshops, social media postings, and other methods.
  • Cost-effectiveness: The program produces positive results while exercising disciplined spending parameters.
  • Replicability: The project can be reproduced by other election officials and will achieve similar results. With modification, the program can be altered to address changing circumstances or the needs of other jurisdictions.
  • Generating Positive Results: The program attains successful outcomes for elections and voters. Program outcomes are quantifiable and measurable.

For more information about this competition, please contact Patrick Leahy at pleahy@eac.gov.