October 30, 2020
For Immediate Release
Silver Spring, MD – A historic number of voters have already participated in the 2020 presidential election with millions more voters expected to cast their vote on Election Day. In recognition of the essential work election officials and poll workers have done, and will continue to do, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) has proclaimed next week, November 1-7, 2020, as National Election Official and Election Worker Appreciation Week. The text of the official resolution can be found here. EAC Chairman Ben Hovland, Vice Chair Don Palmer, Commissioner Tom Hicks, and Commissioner Christy McCormick issued the following joint statement:
Elections are the foundation of our democracy. The election officials and election workers, whose tireless efforts to make those elections possible, have faced unique challenges this year as they prepared for a projected record turnout in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the face of these challenges, a new generation of poll workers has volunteered to serve at polling locations in every corner of our nation and have helped to conduct an election which has already seen historic levels of voting leading up to Election Day. The EAC recognizes the essential work election officials and election workers are doing to ensure a safe, secure, accessible, and accurate election that protects the health of voters and our democracy. We ask that all Americans join us in thanking them and recognizing National Election Official and Election Worker Appreciation Week. They make our democracy possible.
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