July 2, 2020
Silver Spring, MD – The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) will host a virtual public hearing, “Lessons Learned from the 2020 Primary Elections,” on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET to discuss the administration of primary elections during the coronavirus pandemic. Panelists will discuss lessons they have learned during the 2020 primary election cycle, and will offer recommendations as election officials prepare to administer elections in a potentially similar landscape this November. The hearing will include testimony from state and local election officials. Panelists will discuss a variety of topics related to election administration such as poll worker recruitment and training, absentee and mail voting management, in-person voting location management, and result recording and accuracy.
This is the second COVID-19 focused hearing the EAC has hosted. The first hearing, “Election Response to COVID-19: Administering Elections During the Coronavirus Crisis” was held on April 22. Information on that hearing including a recording can be found here.
Election administrators nationwide are facing unique challenges presented by COVID-19 as they prepare to administer elections in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The EAC will continue working with state and local election officials and partnering with federal agencies and other key stakeholders to support elections.
The EAC serves as a clearinghouse for election administration, and we are committed to providing helpful and up-to-date information to promote the continuity and integrity of election administration despite new challenges associated with COVID-19. As a result, EAC Commissioners and staff have compiled resources to support and assist election officials as they navigate administering elections during the coronavirus pandemic. Additional COVID-19 resources can be found on the EAC’s website.
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: Kristen Muthig