Press Releases

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.

NEWS

The EAC Recognizes Disability Voting Rights Week

September, 13 2022

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.  

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

 

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 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.  

This blog is an effort to keep everyone informed of the progress of voting systems that are currently in the EAC’s Testing and Certification Program.

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.

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