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The 2016 election cycle has wrapped up. State and local jurisdictions were prepared for Presidential Primaries as well as the state primaries and general elections. In this section, you’ll find some of our most popular resources and shared approaches for how best to inform voters, advocates and the media about state election laws and procedures, voting technology, including how to prepare for and execute an election while also monitoring reports and speculations, managing media relations, and maintaining contingency plans. Also see tools and resources from the Presidential Commission on Election Administration (PCEA).

Post Election: Audits & Recounts

While Election Day marks the end of voters casting ballots, state and local election officials still have a long to-do list to go through after the election. These include the many states that conduct post-election audits of voting systems as well as recounts that may occur in close races. 

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The EAC on Election Day 2016

Our EAC Commissioners and our EAC Testing and Certification Department traveled the United States on Election Day 2016 observing elections in many different counties and many different states. Here is a collection of the people and places they saw and the events on Election Day 2016.

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Preparing for Election Day

Doug Lewis, executive director of the Election Center from 1994-2015, gives his insights to election officials on how to prepare for Election Day and the importance of having backup plans.                            

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Poll Watchers

Educating poll watchers and explaining statutory and administrative processes can help increase confidence in the intergrity of elections.


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Election Workers

Quality poll workers are crucial to every election. In this section you will find a series of helpful tips, new innovations and proven best practices for recruiting, training, managing and retaining Election Workers.    

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Election Official & Voter Toolkit

As the EAC continues to work to serve election officials and voters across the country one of our major areas of focus is providing and sharing resources to help election officials plan for and voters vote in elections.

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Advocacy Group Series

U.S. Election Assistance Commission Chairman Thomas Hicks talks with serveral advocacy groups about what they are doing to help voters vote for the 2016 Election.                                                           

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Election Security Preparedness

The EAC is working with all levels of government to facilitate the conversation regarding securing the election process and to support election officials' efforts to provide an accessible and secure voting process.  

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Tech Time

In a series of videos, leading election officials and stakeholders demonstrate a variety of technology and tools that help election officials use innovative ways to manage and analyze the election process.     

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45 Before 45

EAC Chair Tom Hicks sat down with Matt Boehmer, Director of Federal Voting Assistance Program, to discuss what election officials can do to prepare to send out ballots to military and overseas voters for the 2016 general election.

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Accessibility for voters with disabilities is an important EAC priority. To highlight best practices in this area, the Commission would like to share accessibility resources.                                                                            

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Vote By Mail

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) and the Department of Defense’s Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) are offering to assist the United States Postal Service (USPS) on election mail challenges.

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Managing Election Technology

The primary goals of the Managing Election Technology papers are to help Election Officials identify the primary areas in which they must recognize their role as an IT manager.                               

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Contingency Plans

In preparation for the 2016 elections, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission is collecting and sharing continuity of operations plans and resources from election officials at the state and local levels.       

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Voting Technology Procurement

From time to time, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission becomes aware of state or local governments’ issuing requests for proposals (RFP), request for quotes (RFQ), or request for information (RFI) to solicit commercial bids to procure voting systems or e-pollbooks. Other election administrators may be considering similar procurements and could benefit from reviewing other RFP/RFQ/RFI’s.

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E-Pollbook Requirements

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission is aware that many states have developed e-pollbook Testing & Certification programs. EAC collected the requirements, test protocols and/or checklists used by each state with a program currently in place. Other election administrators may be considering similar programs and could benefit from reviewing this information.                                        

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