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.
September 13, 2022
The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) recognized Disability Voting Rights Week by reaffirming its dedication to helping election officials serve voters with disabilities.
August 30, 2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 16, 2022
Established by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, the event aims to raise awareness about the importance of poll workers and inspire more Americans to sign up.
For Immediate Release
July 26, 2022
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)
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.
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.