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EAC OIG Commencing Audits of $380 Million Election Security Grant Funds

On Friday, Nov. 1, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released its Fiscal Year 2020 OIG Audit Work PlanDownload PDF(opens in new tab). The plan includes audits of six states’ election security grant funds, which were part of the $380 million grant funding(opens in new tab) Congress appropriated in 2018.
Friday, November 8, 2019
Press Releases

EAC Commissioners Praise Microsoft Support for Election Officials as 2020 Presidential Election Approaches

Today, following a Microsoft announcement that the company will provide free Windows 7 support to all election officials operating certified election systems that utilize the “end of life” software, U.S. Election Assistance Commission Chairwoman Christy McCormick, Vice Chair Ben Hovland, Commissioner Thomas Hicks and Commissioner Donald Palmer issued the following joint statement.
Friday, September 20, 2019
Press Releases

EAC Opens Submission Period in Fourth Annual Competition for Clearinghouse Awards: Celebrating Best Practices in Election Administration

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) is seeking submissions for its fourth annual national Clearinghouse Awards. Dubbed the “Clearies” for short, the awards provide election offices an opportunity to share their innovative efforts and celebrate successes. The Clearies play an important role in furthering the EAC’s responsibilities under the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA). Under that Act, the EAC serves as a clearinghouse for election administration information.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Advisory Notice

EAC to Host an Election Security Forum with Representatives from Government, Technology and Voting System Manufacturers and Testing Laboratories

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) will convene state election directors, along with representatives from government, international technology companies and voting system manufacturers and testing laboratories, during an EAC Election Security Forum on Thursday, August 15, 2019 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. ET at its headquarters in Silver Spring.
Monday, August 12, 2019
Advisory Notice

EAC’s TGDC to Host Three Open Meetings on Voluntary Voting System Guidelines 2.0 Requirements

Over the coming weeks, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission’s (EAC) Technical Guidelines and Development Committee (TGDC) will hold a series of open meetings to discuss different aspects of the proposed Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG 2.0) Requirements. The three meetings will precede a scheduled September 19-20, 2019 in-person meeting of the TGDC.
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Statement

Joint Statement on Senate Intelligence Committee’s First Report on Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election

The 2018 midterm elections saw unprecedented levels of coordination between all levels of government and the private sector election companies, and the 2020 election will improve on that effort. Currently, all 50 states are members of the Election Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis Center (EI-ISAC), along with more than 1,800 local jurisdictions, and fourteen private sector companies making it the fastest growing ISAC in history.
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Press Releases

EAC Champions the Voting Rights of People with Disabilities as it Celebrates National Disability Voter Registration Week

As it marks the fourth annual National Disability Voter Registration Week (NDVRW) REV UP Campaign, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) today reaffirmed its commitment to ensure that all eligible voters can cast their ballot privately and independently – voting rights rooted in the Help America Vote Act and championed by the Commission.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Resolution

Resolution in Support of National Voter Registration Day

The Commissioners of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, recognize the fourth Tuesday of each September as National Voter Registration Day and commit to joining national efforts to support voter registration and participation in elections.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Press Releases

EAC Releases 2018 Election Administration & Voting Survey, Hosts Election Data Summit on Capitol Hill

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) today released findings from the 2018 Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS), the most comprehensive source of state- and local jurisdiction-level data about election administration in the United States. The EAC also hosted an Election Data Summit in the Russell Senate Office Building from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. ET to correspond with the release of the 2018 EAVS.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Statement

EAC Issues Response to The New Yorker Report

Following the publication of Sue Halpern's June 11 article "Mitch McConnell is Making the 2020 Election Open Season for Hackers," the EAC submitted a Letter to the Editor clarifying errors and mischaracterizations in the piece. The New Yorker chose not to publish the letter. The following were among the items the EAC addressed:
Thursday, June 20, 2019
Advisory Notice

EAC to Host 2019 Election Data Summit on Capitol Hill

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) will host the 2019 Election Data Summit on Thursday, June 27, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET in the Russell Senate Office Building, Room 301 (Senate Rules and Administration Committee Hearing Room). The event coincides with the release of the 2018 Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS) and will feature expert speakers examining how to use data to help America vote.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Press Releases

EAC Extends VVSG Public Comment Period

In order to ensure all stakeholders have the opportunity to submit their comments on the next generation of Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG 2.0), the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) has extended the public comment period until 5:00 p.m. EST on June 7, 2019.
Thursday, May 30, 2019
Statement

Commissioners Celebrate Historic Moment in Women Suffrage

U.S. Election Assistance Commission Chairwoman Christy McCormick, Vice Chair Ben Hovland, Commissioner Thomas Hicks, and Commissioner Donald Palmer issued the following statement celebrating this week’s 100th anniversary of the U.S. House of Representatives affirmative vote to grant women the right to vote:
Thursday, May 23, 2019
Testing & Certification

EAC to Host Final Public Hearing for Voluntary Voting System Guidelines 2.0

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) will host its final public hearing to receive testimony and public comments on the proposed Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG) 2.0 Principles and Guidelines from 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, May 20, 2019 at its Silver Spring headquarters.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Advisory Notice

EAC Board of Advisors to Gather in Salt Lake City for Annual Meeting

Members of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission’s (EAC) Board of Advisors will meet in Salt Lake City from April 24-25 to discuss election security, the next generation of voluntary voting system guidelines testing requirements, disaster preparedness and recovery, voting accessibility and the upcoming release of the 2018 Election Administration & Voting Survey.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Press Releases

EAC Hears from Disaster Preparedness & Recovery Working Group

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) heard from members of the Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Working Group comprised of election officials from across the country with experience administering elections in the aftermath of catastrophic natural and man-made disasters
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Press Releases

EAC Releases First Expenditure Report Detailing Impact of 2018 HAVA Funds

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) today released a Grant Expenditure Report for Fiscal Year 2018 detailing how states and territories have spent $3,628,946,231 in federal funds made available through the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) from the time the legislation was ratified on October 29, 2002 until September 30, 2018.
Thursday, April 4, 2019
Advisory Notice

EAC to Hold VVSG 2.0 Public Hearing on April 10 in Memphis

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) will host a public hearing from 1 – 4 p.m. CDT (2 – 5 p.m. EDT) on April 10 in Memphis to receive testimony on the proposed Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG) 2.0 Principles and Guidelines. The hearing will feature testimony from EAC and NIST staff, as well leaders from the EAC’s Standards Board and Board of Advisors. It will also include a public comment period. The event is open to the public and will be livestreamed on the EAC’s website.
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Advisory Notice

EAC Standards Board to Gather in Memphis for Annual Meeting

Members of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission’s (EAC) Standards Board will meet in Memphis from April 11-12 to discuss election security, the next generation of voluntary voting system guidelines testing requirements, disaster management and recovery, as well as election law.
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Press Releases

McCormick Elected New EAC Chairwoman

Commissioner Christy McCormick has been elected the new Chairwoman of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC), a position she will hold for one year. McCormick will continue to serve alongside newly-elected EAC Vice Chairman Ben Hovland, and EAC Commissioners Thomas Hicks and Donald Palmer.
Friday, February 22, 2019
Press Releases

U.S. Election Assistance Commission Announces Recipients of the 2018 Clearinghouse Awards for Best Practices in Election Administration

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) today announced the recipients of the 2018 Clearinghouse Awards for best practices in election administration, also known as the “Clearie” Awards. Born of the EAC’s mandate to serve as a national clearinghouse of information on election administration, the annual “Clearie” awards recognize best practices in election administration and highlight exemplary models which can serve as examples to other officials and jurisdictions.
Friday, February 15, 2019
Testing & Certification

EAC Commissioners Unanimously Vote to Publish VVSG 2.0 Principles and Guidelines for Public Comment

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission’s (EAC) four sitting Commissioners unanimously voted to publish the proposed Voluntary Voting System Guidelines 2.0 (VVSG) Principles and Guidelines in the Federal Register for a 90 day public comment period, after which comments and feedback on the proposed document will be compiled and presented to the Commissioners for discussion and consideration.
Friday, February 15, 2019
Press Releases

Weber County Elections Office Wins National Award for “Winning in Weber”

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) today announced that the Weber County Elections Office in Utah was the recipient of a 2018 “Clearie” Award for Outstanding Innovations in Elections. Weber County received the award for its “Winning in Weber” program to engage students, veterans, teens, seniors, individuals with disabilities, and children in the electoral process.
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Press Releases

New Mexico Secretary of State Wins National Award for New Electronic Ballot Software System

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) today announced that the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office was the recipient of a 2018 “Clearie” Award for Outstanding Innovations in Elections. The Secretary of State’s Office received the award for its implementation of a new electronic ballot software system which allowed blind or visually impaired voters to independently cast an absentee ballot.
Thursday, February 14, 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

Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder’s Office Wins National Award for Election Worker Accessibility Classes and Toolkits

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) today announced that the Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder’s Office was the recipient of a 2018 “Clearie” Award for Improving Accessibility for Voters with Disabilities. The Clerk-Recorder’s Office received the award for their “A Simple (Accessible) Path for All” initiative which launched the innovative Accessible Polling Place Location and Equipment (APPLE) class and provided toolkits for establishing and maintaining accessible polling places.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Press Releases

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

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

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