MEDIA ADVISORY: EAC to Host Public Hearing on Critical Infrastructure Designation


EAC to Host Public Hearing on Critical Infrastructure Designation


Silver Spring, Md. – The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) will host a public hearing on Tuesday, April 4, to examine how the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to designate election systems as part of the nation’s critical infrastructure will impact state and local election officials. The hearing, chaired by EAC Chairman Matthew V. Masterson, is open to the public and will be available online at


Members of the media wishing to attend the hearing should RSVP to Brenda Bowser Soder at or 301-563-3951.


WHAT:          EAC Public Hearing on Election Systems as Critical Infrastructure


Chairman Matthew Masterson, EAC Commissioner

Vice-Chairman Thomas Hicks, EAC Commissioner

Christy McCormick, EAC Commissioner

Panel I - Election Officials: Moving Forward with Elections as Critical Infrastructure

  • The Honorable Denise Merrill, Connecticut Secretary of State and President of the National Association of Secretaries of State 
  • Chris Chambless, Supervisor of Elections, Clay County, Florida
  • Ricky Hatch, CPA, County Clerk/Auditor, Weber County, Utah
  • Lance Gough, Executive Director, Chicago Board of Elections
  • Trevor Timmons, Chief Information Officer, Colorado Secretary of State’s Office

Panel II – Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Officials: Working Together on Election Security and the Critical Infrastructure Designation  

  • Neil Jenkins, Director, The Enterprise Performance Management Office, DHS
  • Robert Hanson, Director, Prioritization and Modeling at Office of Cyber and Infrastructure Analysis, DHS

WHEN:          Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

WHERE:        1335 East West Highway, First Floor Conference Room

Silver Spring, Md.  20910

Also streamed live at

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) was established by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA). It is an independent, bipartisan commission charged with ensuring secure, accurate and accessible elections by developing guidance to meet HAVA requirements, adopting voluntary voting system guidelines, and serving as a national clearinghouse of information on election administration. EAC also accredits testing laboratories and certifies voting systems, as well as administers the use of HAVA funds. For more information, visit