EAC Updates
May 18 , 2020

Authors: Jessica Bowers, Joshua Michael Franklin

image of Doug Chapin standing at the front with workshop participants seated at the front facing forum attendees
Feb 28 , 2020

Last week, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) hosted the 2020 Elections Disability, Accessibility, and Security Forum. The day-long gathering featured discussions on pressing issues to voters with disabilities and election officials amidst growing security needs.

image of Doug Chapin standing at the front with workshop participants seated at the front facing forum attendees
Feb 28 , 2020

Last week, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) hosted the 2020 Elections Disability, Accessibility, and Security Forum. The day-long gathering featured discussions on pressing issues to voters with disabilities and election officials amidst growing security needs.

2020 Elections Disability, Accessibility and Security Forum

As the 2020 elections rapidly approach, the US Election Assistance Commission (EAC) designed a forum to address growing concerns regarding accessibility and security. This all-day forum brought together state and local election officials, people with disabilities, disability advocates, and election security experts to discuss issues and advance solutions.

Election Security Forum
The Commission hosted a public forum wherein it will facilitate a 3-panel discussion regarding election security and voting system certification.
EAC Summit: The 2018 Federal Election
Ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) hosted an all-day summit to highlight a spectrum of issues that state and local election officials will face as they work to administer a secure, accessible and efficient 2018 Federal Election.
Election Security Forum
The Commission hosted a public forum wherein it will facilitate a 3-panel discussion regarding election security and voting system certification.
The EAC kicked off Cybersecurity Awareness Month with a live stream roundtable discussion on how to prevent cyberattacks and resources available for election officials developing incident response plans. The event brought together cybersecurity experts and local election officials who discussed the unique challenge hackers present, understanding what it means to be the target of a nation-state actor and the collaborative approach needed to update and strengthen jurisdictions’ cyber safeguards.
Feb 28 , 2018
Oct 25 , 2017
Amber McReynolds Elections Director for City and County of Denver and CIO for the City and County of Denver Scott Cardenas talk prepping for Elections in Denver.
Oct 12 , 2017
Josh Franklin of NIST talks voting systems security and gives Defcon debriefing during September TGDC meeting.
Oct 23 , 2017

ChecklistThe EAC has led the way in ensuring voting systems brought to the market are vigorously tested against Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG), including security requirements and the capability to accurately report election results.

Sep 21 , 2017

General Information / Election Administration

GENERAL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Access Controls  

Methods by which access to specific data, procedures, and other resources is restricted or controlled.  The most common access control is a username/password combination

Sep 21 , 2017

Access

Ability to make use of any information system (IS) resource.

Source: CNSSI 4009-2015

Access Control

The process of granting or denying specific requests: 1) obtain and use information and related information processing services; and 2) enter specific physical facilities.

Source: FIPS 201-2

Aug 03 , 2017

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The U.S. Election Assistance Commission has collaborated with local election officials to develop a series of helpful tips for election management. This series provides tips and suggests best practices to help you run efficient and effective elections.

Oct 14 , 2016
Election security through three topics: (1) overview of American election administration system’s inherent security (2) breaches of two states’ voter registration databases (3) the EAC’s support regarding the security of the American election administration system.
Sep 26 , 2016
Security Overview
Sep 16 , 2016
Best Practices for Continuity of Operations Handling Destructive Malware
Sep 16 , 2016
ST16 001 Securing Voter Registration Data
Sep 16 , 2016
Ransomware and what to do about it
Sep 14 , 2016
EVN Top Ten v7 September 14 2016
Aug 29 , 2016
Election Security Statement EAC 8 5 16 August 5 2016
Aug 16 , 2016
EAC Federal State Election Security Call 8 15 16
May 19 , 2016
Checklist Securing VR Data FINAL May 19 2016
Sep 16 , 2010
Public Meeting - June 3, 2004 To see other documents associated with this public meeting, please visit the events page at http://www.eac.gov/public_meeting_06032004/
Sep 16 , 2010
Public Meeting - May 5, 2004 To see other documents associated with this public meeting, please visit the events page at http://www.eac.gov/public_meeting_05052004/
Sep 16 , 2010
Public Meeting - February 23, 2005 To see other documents associated with this public meeting, please visit the events page at http://www.eac.gov/public_meeting_02232005/
Sep 16 , 2010
Public Meeting - May 5, 2004 To see other documents associated with this public meeting, please visit the events page at http://www.eac.gov/public_meeting_05052004/
Sep 16 , 2010
Public Meeting - May 5, 2004 To see other documents associated with this public meeting, please visit the events page at http://www.eac.gov/public_meeting_05052004/
Sep 16 , 2010
Public Meeting - May 5, 2004 To see other documents associated with this public meeting, please visit the events page at http://www.eac.gov/public_meeting_05052004/
Sep 16 , 2010
Public Meeting - May 5, 2004 To see other documents associated with this public meeting, please visit the events page at http://www.eac.gov/public_meeting_05052004/
Aug 27 , 2010
Voting technology has changed substantially over the years. New voting options provide accessibility, security, and privacy for the voter. This chapter aims to provide information on innovative uses for technology in the elections office and the voting process including tips on managing cost, maintenance, and replacement of technology.
Jun 08 , 2010
This report was submitted by the state of Connecticut.
May 13 , 2010
This chapter reviews the factors election officials might consider to enhance voting system security. The discussion includes software security related to installation, monitoring, networking, and transmitting results. It also includes a section about possible policies and procedures for promoting system security among elections office staff, vendor personnel, and the public, as well as tips on password maintenance.
May 13 , 2010
Provides information and tips about voting devices, security related to software, procedures for staff contact, facility storage, transporting voting units, early voting security process, Election Day tabulation, storage, and post-election maintenance of voting equipment. The guide also provides information about password maintenance, staff access, and the physical security of all equipment. .
May 13 , 2010
This chapter references the standards, procedures, and actions election officials might take to protect voting systems and related facilities and equipment from natural and environmental hazards, tampering, vandalism, and theft. This chapter includes sections about conducting a security review, issues with paper ballots, personnel, voting equipment, and peripheral devices. It also highlights potential security concerns at various points during the election process.
Aug 12 , 2019
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.
May 21 , 2018
Following the release of “So far, few states have sought federal money to secure elections,” a POLITICO article published on May 17, U.S. Election Assistance Commission Chairman Thomas Hicks submitted the following letter to the publication’s editors.
Mar 02 , 2018
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.
Aug 18 , 2017
The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) is seeking entry submissions for its second-annual national competition for best practices in election administration. This year the commission will present three awards in the categories of best practices related to voting accessibility, outstanding innovations in elections, and recruiting, training and retaining election workers. All entries must be received by October 6, 2017.