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EAC Regional Press Calls to Detail Narratives and Budgets for 48 States and Territories Eligible to Receive FY18 HAVA Funds

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Aug 20, 2018

MEDIA ADVISORY

Silver Spring, Md. – On Tuesday, August 21, 2018, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) will release program narratives and budgets from 48 of the 55 states and territories eligible to receive the newly appropriated Help America Vote Act (HAVA) funds contained in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018.  The narrative and budget release will precede EAC regional press calls to provide additional information about the grants and state-specific narratives.

Program narratives and budgets will be posted at this link on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. ET, just one day shy of five months since President Donald J. Trump signed the omnibus appropriations bill into law and 77 days before the 2018 midterm elections. Plans for the six remaining states that were given due date extensions and will be posted at a later date.

The three regional press teleconference briefings will feature EAC representatives who will provide an overview of how state plans were evaluated and how states are spending funds, with a focus on plans in that specific region and spending ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. Region-specific Secretaries of State will provide additional details on their individual state’s plan and budget. There will be an opportunity for each speaker to answer reporter questions.

Reporters must RSVP to receive the conference number and log in credentials. Those interested in joining the East Coast or Midwest call should contact Natalie Longwell at nlongwell@eac.gov. Those wishing to join the West Coast call should contact Brenda Bowser Soder at bsoder@eac.gov.

WHAT:     EAC Regional Press Briefings on FY18 HAVA Fund State Narratives & Budgets

WHEN:    Tuesday, August 21, 2018

  • East Coast – Teleconference: 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. ET
  • Midwest – Teleconference: 1:30-2:00 p.m. ET
  • West Coast – Teleconference: 3:00-3:30 p.m. ET

WHO:        Chairman Thomas Hicks, EAC

                  Vice Chairwoman Christy McCormick, EAC

                  Mark Abbott, Director of Grants, EAC

                  Jim Condos, Vermont Secretary of State, East Coast Call

                  Paul Pate, Iowa Secretary of State, Midwest Call

                  Alex Padilla, California Secretary of State, West Coast Call

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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 www.eac.gov

Contact: Brenda Bowser Soder
Phone: (202) 897-9285
 
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