Press Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, January 17, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) opened the call for submissions for its seventh annual national Clearinghouse Awards.

Washington DC – Today, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) announced the appointment of Steven Frid as the new executive director of the agency. The announcement follows a formal search process as designated by the Help America Vote Act of 2002. Mr. Frid will replace Mark A. Robbins, who served as Interim Executive Director since February 8, 2022. 

PRESS RELEASE 
November 7, 2022 
For Immediate Release 

Washington DC – Election Day is the last day of voting. With that in mind, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) recognizes the hard work and dedication of officials and poll workers who make elections possible. EAC Chairman Thomas Hicks, Vice Chair Christy McCormick, Commissioner Ben Hovland, and Commissioner Donald Palmer issued the following joint statement: 

October 27, 2022 

Twenty years ago, the Help America Vote Act was signed into law by President George W. Bush on October 29. The landmark legislation addresses a variety of improvements to voting systems and voter access that were identified following the 2000 election.

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

In recognition of Black History Month 2023, EAC Chairman Thomas Hicks, Vice Chair Christy McCormick, Commissioner Ben Hovland, and Commissioner Donald Palmer issued the following joint statement: 

Elections in the United States are administered by over 8,000 state and local governments, which vary in resources and responsibilities, and who serve a diverse voting population. Most elections offices serve a small or medium size population, with just 4% of jurisdictions with more than 50,000 voters1. Elections offices in heavily populated jurisdictions, serve more than 64% of voters, and have a large responsibility in administering American elections.

How Professional Staff with State Associations Support Election Officials  

 

On November 15, one week after Election Day, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) held a public hearing featuring a panel reflecting on lessons learned during the 2022 midterm election. The panel comprised The Honorable Tahesha Way, New Jersey Secretary of State and president of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), Meagan Wolfe, Administrator of the Wisconsin Elections Commission and President of the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED), and The Election Center’s Executive Director Tim Mattice.  

The last of a four-part blog series honoring 20 years of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA)  

Part three of a four-part blog series honoring 20 years of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA)

Part two of a four-part blog series honoring 20 years of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA)   

Part one of a four-part blog series honoring 20 years of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA)   

 

EAC Chairman Thomas Hicks provides tips and resources to voters with disabilities on how to fully participate in our democratic process. This post was originally published on the Social Security Administration’s Social Security Matters blog.

On August 26, 1920, U.S. Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby certified the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote.  It was the culmination of a seven-decade fight that would lay the groundwork for—and inspire—future generations of women to become actively engaged in the electoral process. In celebration of Women’s History Month, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) honors the women who led the fight for the right to vote and the historic role women have played to ensure safe, fair, and accessible elections for all Americans.  

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