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Iowa Secretary of State’s Office Wins National Award for Helping Veterans and Iowans with Disabilities Vote Project

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) today announced that the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office was the recipient of a 2018 “Clearie” Award for Improving Accessibility for Voters with Disabilities. The Secretary of State’s Office received the award for the Helping Veterans and Iowans with Disabilities Vote Project that educated thousands of veterans and Iowans with disabilities about resources available to help them vote privately and independently.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Press Releases

Martin County Elections Office Wins National Award for “Count Me In Too”

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) today announced that the Martin County Elections Office was the recipient of a 2018 “Clearie” Award for Improving Accessibility for Voters with Disabilities. Martin County Elections Office received the award for “Count Me in Too,” a series of educational videos that helped increase voter registration and turnout among voters who indicated they had special needs by 8 percent during the 2016 Presidential Elections.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Press Releases

City of Ely Wins National Award for Election Worker Training Model Connecting Veterans and High School Students to Serve at the Polls

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) today announced that the City of Ely, Minnesota was the recipient of a 2018 “Clearie” Award for Recruiting, Training and Retaining Election Workers. The City of Ely received the award for a program that recruits high school students and veterans to work at the polls together on Election Day.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Press Releases

Montgomery County Board of Elections Wins National Award for its Future Vote Initiative

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) today announced that the Montgomery County Board of Elections (BOE) was the recipient of a 2018 “Clearie” Award for Recruiting, Training and Retaining Election Workers. The BOE received the award for the Future Vote Initiative, which encourages students from grades 6 to 12 to participate in elections.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Press Releases

Commissioners Hovland, Palmer Sworn In to Restore Quorum at EAC

Today, U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) Chairman EAC administered the oath of office to newly appointed EAC Commissioners Benjamin Hovland and Donald Palmer. Hovland and Palmer join current Chairman Hicks and Vice Chair Christy McCormick, marking the first time in a decade that the commission has had a full quorum of Commissioners.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Statement

EAC Election Day 2018 Statement

As polls open for Election Day 2018, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) commends the tremendous work of state and local election officials, who spend each day working to ensure secure, accessible and efficient elections. The EAC is proud to stand with them in the work to help America vote.
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Advisory Notice

MEDIA ADVISORY: EAC Hosts Election Readiness Summit on Capitol Hill One Month Before Midterm Elections

On Wednesday, October 3, 2018, just one month before the 2018 midterm elections, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) will host the EAC Election Readiness Summit in Capitol Visitors Center, Rooms SVC 208/209 & SVC 215 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET. The event will feature expert panelists and keynote speakers examining election security best practices. Following these discussions, the EAC will host an open house for election vendors who wish to display and demonstrate their equipment.
Monday, September 24, 2018
Advisory Notice

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

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.
Monday, August 20, 2018
Press Releases

EAC Opens Submission Period for Third Annual Competition for Best Practices in Election Administration

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) is seeking submissions for its third annual national “Clearie” awards. Born of the commission’s mandate to serve as a national clearinghouse of information on election administration, the annual “Clearie” awards recognize best practices in elections that can serve as examples to other officials and jurisdictions.
Thursday, August 16, 2018
Press Releases

Summit Examines Language Access for Voters

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC), Arizona State University Pastor Center for Politics and Public Service and Democracy Fund Voice today hosts the third annual Language Access for Voters Summit at the Newseum’s Knight Conference Center in Washington, D.C. The day-long event will convene state and local election officials, advocates and stakeholders from language communities to discuss critical issues of language accessibility.
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Advisory Notice

July 24 Summit to Examine Language Access for Voters

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission, Arizona State University Pastor Center for Politics and Public Service, and Democracy Fund Voice will host the third annual Language Access for Voters Summit at the Newseum’s Knight Conference Center at on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, in Washington, DC. The event will convene state and local election officials, advocates and stakeholders from language communities to discuss critical issues of language accessibility.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Advisory Notice

Election Data Summit Coming to Philadelphia

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) and Pennsylvania Department of State will host an Election Data Summit at the Community College of Philadelphia from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 12, 2018.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Press Releases

U.S. Election Assistance Commission Announces 42 States and Territories Have Requested Over 75 Percent of HAVA Funds

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) today announced that 42 states and territories have requested a combined $288,882,011 in newly appropriated Help America Vote Act (HAVA) funds, over 76 percent of the total amount available. The announcement comes just over three months after Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, which allocated $380 million in election security funds to all 50 states, the District of Columbia and four U.S. territories.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Press Releases

Data "Deep Dive" Examines Provisional Voting Trends Nationwide

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) released a brief today on the rate in which provisional ballots are issued and counted during federal elections, and the impact of different state policies on provisional ballot usage and acceptance. This is the fifth and final in a series of “deep dives” into election administration trends and voting behavior ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. The brief analyzes data from the 2016 EAVS.
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Press Releases

EAC Announces 55 Percent of HAVA Funds Requested by 26 States

Silver Spring, Md. - The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) today announced that 26 states have requested $209,638,865 in newly available funds to improve the administration of elections for Federal office, 55 percent of the total amount available. The announcement comes less than three months after Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 that allocated $380 million for Help American Vote Act (HAVA) funds. The Commission’s rapid and responsible distribution of funds en
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Press Releases

Data “Deep Dive” Shows Increase in Electronic Poll Books, Online Voter Registration, Other Election Technology

Silver Spring, Md. – The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) released a brief today on evolving election technology and its implications for election efficiency, integrity, accessibility, voter experience and confidence, and the roles of election officials at all levels. This is the fourth in a series of “deep dives” into election administration trends and voting behavior ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Press Releases

EAC Boards Complete Annual Meetings in Miami

Members of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission’s Standards Board and Board of Advisors reviewed the next generation of Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG), discussed the intent and application process for newly appropriated HAVA funding, examined election security efforts, and tackled other timely election-related issues such as disaster recovery contingency planning during recent meetings from April 19-24 in Miami.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Press Releases

Miami-Dade County to Host U.S. Election Assistance Commission Standards Board, Board of Advisors Meetings

Members of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission’s (EAC) Standards Board and Board of Advisors will meet at the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables in Miami-Dade County between Wednesday, April 18 and Tuesday, April 24, 2018. The meetings will include a review of the next generation of Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG), a panel on Elections & Disaster Recovery, and presentations from officials from the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice and others.
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Press Releases

U.S. Election Assistance Commission to Administer $380 Million in 2018 HAVA Election Security Funds

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) has announced the availability of $380 million in 2018 HAVA Election Security Fund grants contained in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018. The grants, authorized under Title I Section 101 of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002, will support election activities to improve the administration of elections for Federal office, including to enhance election technology and make election security improvements.
Thursday, March 29, 2018
Statement

EAC Commissioners Issue Joint Statement Honoring Wendy Noren

Election Assistance Commission (EAC) Chairman Thomas Hicks, Vice Chair Christy McCormick, and Commissioner Matthew Masterson today issued the following statement honoring the life and legacy of Wendy Noren, who served as Boone County Clerk for over three decades and as a member of the EAC’s Board of Advisors, and lost her long battle with cancer on Sunday.
Monday, March 12, 2018
Press Releases

EAC Releases Election Security Video

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) today released a new short video that details the broad spectrum of steps election officials take to secure elections. The new resource is part of the commission’s #Countdown18 effort to provide election officials with the tools necessary to carry out secure, accessible and efficient elections.
Friday, March 2, 2018
Press Releases

Hicks Named New Election Assistance Commission Chairman

Commissioner Thomas Hicks has been selected to serve as Chairman of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC), a position effective Feb. 24. He will be Chairman for one year and will continue to serve alongside EAC Commissioners Christy McCormick, who now moves to the role of Vice Chair, and Commissioner Matthew Masterson, who served as chairman during the past year. Hicks previously served as Chairman from February 2016 to February 2017.
Friday, February 23, 2018
Testing & Certification

U.S. EAC Certifies ClearVote 1.4 Election System

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) has certified Clear Ballot Group’s ClearVote 1.4 voting system, verifying its compliance with current federal standards. The determination came after a thorough test campaign conducted by EAC and Pro V&V in Huntsville, Ala. This is the first system certification for the Boston-based Clear Ballot Group.
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Advisory Notice

U.S. Election Assistance Commission to Host Summit Ahead of 2018 Election

Ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission will host an all-day summit to highlight a spectrum of issues that state and local election officials will face as they work to administer secure, accessible and efficient 2018 federal elections. The event will feature keynote speakers and expert panelists who will address topics such as election security, voting accessibility, and how to use election data to improve the voter experience.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Press Releases

U.S. Election Assistance Commission Releases Election Data Interactive

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) today released the EAVS Data Interactive, a new data visualization tool that allows users to pull data most relevant to them from the 2016 Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS), the most comprehensive nationwide data on election administration in the United States.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Press Releases

U.S. Election Assistance Commission Releases Election Data Interactive, State Fact Sheets

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) today released the EAVS Data Interactive, a new data visualization tool that allows users to pull data most relevant to them from the 2016 Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS), the most comprehensive nationwide data on election administration in the United States.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Press Releases

2017 Best Practices in Election Administration Awards Announced

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) has announced the winners of its national competition for best practices in election administration. Born of the commission’s mandate to serve as a national clearinghouse of information on election administration, the annual “Clearie” awards recognize outstanding innovations in election administration that can serve as examples for other officials and jurisdictions to emulate.
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Press Releases

Collin County Democrats with Disabilities, Disability Rights Texas Honored with a “Clearie” Award for Improving Voting Accessibility

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) today announced that Collin County Democrats with Disabilities (CCDWD) and Disability Rights Texas have won a national competition recognizing best practices in election administration. CCDWD and Disability Rights Texas were selected for its work to make the voting process more accessible for voters with disabilities.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Press Releases

Washington Secretary of State’s Voter Information Portal Honored with a “Clearie” Award

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) today announced that the Washington Secretary of State’s office won a national competition recognizing best practices in election administration. The Washington Secretary of State’s office was selected for its work to make the voting process more accessible for voters with disabilities.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017