Press Releases

For Immediate Release
November 9, 2021

New Release is Latest in Expanded Library of Resources for Election Officials

For Immediate Release
October 14, 2021

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) announced Thursday that it has named Brianna Schletz as its next Inspector General. Brianna replaces former Inspector General Patricia Layfield, who retired from the post in March 2021, and will officially start at the EAC’s Office of Inspector General in November.

The implementation of the 2020 EAVS marks the ninth iteration of the national survey 

August 16, 2021 

For Immediate Release
July 26, 2021

 

Washington D.C. – Today marks the 31st anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In recognition of this landmark act, U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) Chairman Donald Palmer, Vice Chair Thomas Hicks, Commissioner Christy McCormick, and Commissioner Ben Hovland issue the following joint statement:

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

Since its passage on this date nearly two decades ago, the 2002 Help America Vote Act (HAVA) has served as a pillar of support for our nation’s electoral system – directing a bipartisan approach at the federal level to improving the accessibility and integrity of the electoral process, development of new minimum standards for voting systems, and supporting election officials who sustain the durability of our democratic process.

There are many steps than must be taken for a voting system to be certified by the EAC.  One of the most important of these steps is the process of creating a trusted build.  But what is the trusted build and why is it required?

We download and install software and software updates regularly. How do we know these applications are safe? Should we trust the download, or should we be a little more careful about what we install on our computers. When it comes to voting systems, how do you know that the software installed by the manufacturer or someone else on your team is the certified version? When you’re buying a used car, do you trust the used-car salesperson, or do you have a trusted mechanic inspect the car before you decide to buy? Most of us would opt for the trusted mechanic.

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.