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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday March 4, 2021

 Annual “Clearie” Awards promote the development and use of best practices in election administration

NEWS

Donald Palmer Begins Term as EAC Chairman

February, 24 2021

PRESS RELEASE
February 24, 2021

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Commissioner Donald Palmer began his year-long term as Chairman of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC). Chairman Palmer will continue to serve alongside newly-elected EAC Vice Chairman Thomas Hicks, and EAC Commissioners Christy McCormick and Ben Hovland.

PRESS RELEASE
February 17, 2021

Results show progress made but obstacles remain for voters with disabilities

For Immediate Release 
February 10, 2021 

Updated guidelines pave way for next generation of voting systems across the country

For Immediate Release 
January 25, 2021 

Factsheets

Elections generate a tremendous amount of data that can be collected and analyzed to improve voter experience and guide how officials administer elections. All of this data is collected regularly by the thousands of jurisdictions that oversee elections across the country. Since 2004 the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) has captured and analyzed much of this data for all states and territories via our Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS).
An important part of the EAC’s mission is to support state and local election officials in their efforts to ensure accessible, accurate and secure elections. This fact sheet highlights how states conduct list maintenance, the importance of accurate voter registration lists, and the National Voter Registration Act’s provisions to ensure voter lists are maintained. It also gives guidance for voters wishing to proactively check the status of their own voter registration.
For more than a decade, the EAC’s Testing and Certification Program has assisted state and local election officials by providing timely and accurate voting machine testing. This program is a requirement of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002, legislation that created the EAC and mandated that the Commission provide certification, decertification, and recertification of voting systems, as well as the accreditation of voting system testing laboratories. This legislation marked the first time
More than 35 million Americans with disabilities, roughly one-sixth of the total electorate, are eligible to vote in the United States. This accounts for a broad range of disabilities, including mobility, communicative, physical, and cognitive impairments. This ever-growing population of voters also faces educational, cultural and political barriers that can make participating in elections even more difficult. The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) has a strong commitment to working with

Blogs

The EAC would like to thank all who entered the 2020 National Clearinghouse Awards competition, or Clearies, for best practices and innovations in election administration. The EAC Commissioners, judges, and staff were impressed with the ingenuity and resourcefulness of election officials from large to small jurisdictions who navigated record voter turnout in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. Their extraordinary efforts helped ensure successful 2020 elections.

Chairman Don Palmer met with Election Director Margaret Jurgensen and Community Engagement and Public Information Officer Dr. Gilberto Zelaya and from the Montgomery County Board of Elections to discuss best practices in election administration for the category of Outstanding Innovation in Elections for Large Jurisdictions for their SMS Short Codes. Check out this video.
EAC Vice Chairman Tom Hicks met virtually with Julie Wise, Director of Elections for King County, Washington and Peg Perl, Deputy Director of Elections for Arapahoe County, Colorado to discuss best practices in election administration for the category of Outstanding Innovation in Elections for their Voter Education Fund Project and their Curbside Ballot Pickup Program respectively. Check out this video.
EAC Commissioner Christy McCormick met virtually with Gary Sims who is the Director of Elections for the Wake County Board of Elections in North Carolina to discuss best practices in election administration for the category of Recruiting, Retaining, and Training Poll Workers. Check out this video.
EAC Commissioner Ben Hovland met virtually with Cyber Navigator Program Manager for the Illinois State Board of Elections, Amy Kelly, to discuss best practices in election administration for the category of Outstanding Innovation in Cybersecurity and Technology for their Cyber Navigator Program. Check out this video.
EAC Commissioner Christy McCormick met virtually with Jefferson County Colorado Clerk and Recorder George Stern to discuss best practices in election administration for the category of Outstanding Innovation in Elections: Medium Jurisdictions. Check out this video.
EAC Commissioner Ben Hovland met virtually with Dean Logan, Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk for Los Angeles County, California and Meagan Wolfe, Administrator for the Wisconsin Elections Commission to discuss best practices in election administration for the category of Improving Accessibility for Voters with Disabilities. Check out this video.
EAC Chairman Donald Palmer met virtually with Derek Bowens, Director of Elections for the Durham County Board of Elections in North Carolina to discuss best practices in election administration for the category Outstanding Innovation in Elections: Small Jurisdictions. Check out this video.
EAC Chairman Donald Palmer met virtually with Harris County Texas Elections Administrator Isabel Longoria to discuss best practices in election administration for recruiting, training, and retaining poll workers. Check out this video.

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) relaunched the “Women in Elections” series to celebrate Women’s History Month. During March, Commissioners interviewed women who are leading in the election administration and election cybersecurity fields. The EAC is honored to highlight these extraordinary leaders and extend many thanks for letting us share their stories.