FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 21, 2022
U.S. Election Assistance Commission Announces 2021 Clearinghouse Award Winners
The Annual Clearinghouse Awards Recognize 20 Jurisdictions for Best Practices in Election Administration.
April 5, 2022
April 1, 2022
March 31, 2022
Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) will hold a virtual public meeting to consider the adoption of the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG) Lifecycle Policy on April 5, 2022 at 2:30 p.m. ET. During this meeting, EAC Commissioners will hear a presentation on the content of the Lifecycle Policy, considerations that were made as the policy was developed, and next steps for implementation of the VVSG 2.0.
February 24, 2022
Commissioner Thomas Hicks Begins Term as
U.S. Election Assistance Commission Chairman
February 14, 2022
Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) will hold a virtual Language Access Roundtable on February 17, 2022 at 1 p.m. ET. The purpose of this roundtable is to explore topics and resources available to election officials as they serve language minority voters.
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.
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.