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EAC to host roundtable discussion on UOCAVA and Accessibility issues during the COVID-19 pandemic

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MEDIA ADVISORY
August 17, 2020

 

The roundtable is part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to offer additional resources regarding elections and the pandemic

Silver Spring, MD – The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) will host a virtual roundtable discussion on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET.  The focus will be on Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) voters, accessibility for voters with disabilities, and the related challenges that have arisen serving those voters amid the coronavirus pandemic. The roundtable will include state and local election officials and representatives from the United States Postal Service, Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP), DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and the U.S. Access Board.

The meeting will be livestreamed on the EAC’s YouTube Channel and more information can be found on the EAC’s event page.

The EAC works with state and local election officials and partners with federal agencies and other key stakeholders to support elections. We are committed to providing information and best practices to the elections community to ease the burden of addressing the issues that COVID-19 has presented to successfully administering elections.

 

As the EAC is charged with serving as a clearinghouse for election administration, Commissioners and staff are actively compiling and posting resources from voting system vendors, state and local election offices, and federal agencies addressing coronavirus challenges and contingency planning for the upcoming elections. Information on absentee and voting by mail, the 2020 CARES Act grant funds, manufacturer disinfecting guidance for election equipment, poll worker resources, and other COVID-19 resources can be found on the EAC’s website. A recording of Wednesday’s roundtable will be posted on the EAC’s website.

 

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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 

 

EAC Contact: Kristen Muthig

Phone: 202-897-9285

Email: kmuthig@eac.gov