October 19, 2020
September 22, 2020
For Immediate Release
September 2, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 10, 2020
Established by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, awareness day to address critical shortage of election workers amid COVID-19 pandemic
July 30, 2020
2,100 People Participate in Third Annual Tabletop the Vote Exercise
For Immediate Release
Many states are expanding and encouraging the use of vote by mail options for the 2020 elections, largely due to voter safety concerns posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. While these concerns have elevated the topic of voting by mail nationally, data shows that voters have utilized the option to vote absentee or by mail in increasing numbers for the last decade.
EAC Vice Chairman Donald Palmer spoke with Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate and Lieutenant Colonel Lawrence Yazzie from the Iowa National Guard about how they have worked together since 2018 to secure elections and Election Day in the state. The interview explored some key considerations for election administrators and National Guard members with regard to distributing personal protective equipment and sanitation supplies to localities, as well as improving the cybersecurity of elections in their state.
EAC Commissioner Thomas Hicks was joined by Lou Ann Blake (Deputy Executive Director, National Federation of the Blind), Lee Page (Associate Director of Advocacy, Paralyzed Veterans of America), Derek Bowens (Director of Elections, Durham County, NC), and Brett Harbage (ADA Coordinator, Office of the Ohio Secretary of State) for the first Virtual Roundtable to Assist Voters with Disabilities and Election Off
Authors: Jessica Bowers, Joshua Michael Franklin
Last week, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) hosted the 2020 Elections Disability, Accessibility, and Security Forum. The day-long gathering featured discussions on pressing issues to voters with disabilities and election officials amidst growing security needs.
With the 2020 election year kicking in to full swing, I thought it was a great time to remind everyone of an important pillar of the EAC’s Testing and Certification program – voting system anomaly reporting. These reports help the EAC identify areas for improvement within our program, improve manufacturing quality, share information among jurisdictions who use similar systems, and increase voter confidence in the technology they use to cast their ballots.