Silver Spring, Md. – Last night, President Donald J. Trump signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020, which includes $425 million in new Help America Vote Act (HAVA) funds that will be distributed to state election offices by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC).

On Friday, Nov. 15, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) issued a Notice of Clarification for Software de minimis changesDownload PDF(opens in new tab). A de minimis change is a change to a certified voting system’s hardware, software, TDP, or data, the nature of which will not materially alter the system’s reliability, functionality, capability, or operation.
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.

 Silver Spring, Md. – Today, the United States Election Assistance Commission’s four sitting Commissioners announced they will soon launch an official search the Commission’s next Executive Director and General Counsel. As that search takes place, the Commissioners have enacted a new succession plan. At this time, the EAC’s Chief Information and Security Officer, Mona Harrington, will serve as acting Executive Director. 

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.
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.