A voter's hand drops a bright red ballot into a box. The voter's hand is navy blue while the ballot box is sky blue. The text "Clearinghouse Awards" is next to the ballot box also in sky blue.

The 2021 National Clearinghouse Award winners and honorable mention recipients have been announced! Find more information on the winners and their programs here. Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to everyone who submitted programs. 


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.  

This year, EAC Commissioners are pleased to announce two new award categories honoring innovative programming developed by election official associations and successful HAVA grant initiatives. 2022 marks the 20th anniversary of the signing of HAVA, and the Commissioners hope to highlight the spirit of this landmark bipartisan legislation by recognizing innovative uses of HAVA funds. The prestigious new award will also help jurisdictions utilize these best practices to enhance future efforts. 

The Clearies are awarded in seven categories: 

  • New! Outstanding Use of HAVA Grants in Elections Modernization: Impactful initiatives or programs that were developed using HAVA grant funding. 
  • New! Outstanding Election Official Association Program: Innovative and helpful programming developed by election official associations. 
  • 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. 

Please note:  

  • Jurisdictions may not win the same Clearie category two years in a row. 
  • A prior submission that has won a Clearie award may not be submitted again in the subsequent year. 

Submissions are judged on:

  • Innovation: The submission presents a new and original idea. 
  • Sustainability: The submitted 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 submitted program produces positive results while exercising disciplined spending parameters. 
  • Replicability: The submission 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 submitted program attains successful outcomes for elections and voters. Program outcomes are quantifiable and measurable. 
A voter's hand drops a bright red ballot into a box that reads "Clearinghouse Awards."  The voter's hand is navy blue while the ballot box is sky blue with a separate grey background behind the word "Awards."

 

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