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June 2024 EAC Monthly Updates and Events

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

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This month, the EAC is highlighting: 

  • 2023 Clearinghouse Award Winners 
  • Launch of the EAC’s Voluntary E-Poll Book Certification Program 
  • New EAC Resource: Election Official Social Media Toolkit 
  • Presidential Elections Information Resource 
  • Register for the Next Election Threat Intel Briefing on June 20  
  • EAC’s Standards Board Elects New Executive Officers  
  • Chairman Hovland’s Interview with Microsoft’s Democracy Forward Program 
  • Celebrating 31 years of the NVRA   
  • Resources for Election Official Security
  • Get Ready: August 1 is National Poll Worker Recruitment Day. Updated Materials Coming Soon

 

32 State and Local Election Office Programs Win 2023 Clearinghouse Awards! 

 Joint Statement on the Clearies 

Throughout the year, state and local election officials work hard to serve their voters. To celebrate this work and highlight best practices, the EAC is excited to announce the winners of the 2023 Clearinghouse Awards or “Clearies”! A panel of judges selected 32 programs for awards and 20 for honorable mentions from over 100 submissions. 

The categories include:  

  • Outstanding Use of HAVA Grants in Election Modernization 

  • Distinguished Voter Education and Communications Initiatives 

  • Improving Accessibility for Voters with Disabilities 

  • Outstanding Innovations in Election Cybersecurity and Technology 

  • Outstanding Innovations in Elections 

  • Best Practices in Recruiting, Retaining, and Training Poll Workers 

  • Outstanding Election Official State Association Program 

  • Creative and Original “I Voted” Sticker Design 

Take a look at the list of winners and their programs. Submissions were judged on innovation, sustainability, outreach, cost-effectiveness, replicability, and the generation of positive results. 

Thank you to everyone who submitted entries for all your hard work and innovations to better serve your communities. The 2024 Clearinghouse Awards submission period will begin in early 2025. Bookmark eac.gov/clearies for more information.  

 

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EAC Vice Chair Donald Palmer presents a 2023 Clearie Award to the Nassau County (FL) Supervisor of Elections Office.

 

The EAC Launches Voluntary E-Poll Book Certification Program 

Voluntary Electronic Poll Book Certification Program

The Voluntary Electronic Poll Book Certification Program will evaluate and test the security, accessibility, and usability of these systems across the country. Electronic poll books, or e-poll books, are designed to replace paper poll lists, accessing digital voter registration records on a laptop or tablet. The use of this technology is growing and represents a key component of critical election infrastructure. 

The EAC’s Election Supporting Technology Evaluation Program (ESTEP) is accepting submissions for commercial and in-house manufacturers interested in having e-poll books evaluated and tested for certification. States and jurisdictions may decide whether to participate in this voluntary program, which is expected to begin in summer 2024.  

In a joint statement announcing the launch, the EAC Commissioners emphasized that, “the current e-poll books in use in over 2,200 jurisdictions are secure and ready for the 2024 elections.” 

Find out more about the program and how to register for testing.  

 

Election Official Social Media Toolkit