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  • 2019 National Clearinghouse Awards. NEW Category: Most creative or original 'I Voted." This is a photo of EAC Senior Advisor Pat Leahy  and Guide Dog Hogan. EAC Seal and I Voted Sticker Illustration

    Honoring an Elections Tradition: EAC 2019 “I Voted” Sticker Clearie Awards

    Oct 22, 2019
    This year’s EAC Clearinghouse Awards competition will accept submissions for a special new category: original and creative “I voted” stickers. The EAC announced this category in September when it launched the 2019 Clearies. Below are additional details about our fun new contest. We hope you will reach out and submit your own homegrown stickers!
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    Today is the Day

    Sep 24, 2019
    It’s National Voter Registration Day and the EAC is pleased to mark the occasion with one last reminder to plan to participate in the next election! As FDR’s famous quote reminds us, the right to vote starts with each of us, and the first step is voter registration.
  • 2019 EAC National Clearinghouse Awards. Best practices in election administration . Categories: 1. Recruiting, training and retaining. 2. Accessibility for voters with disabilities pollworkers 3. Outstanding innovations in elections 4. most creative or original "I voted" stickers

    A Patriotic Pairing: High School Students and Veterans Serving at the Polls

    Sep 23, 2019
    The new school year is in full swing across the United States, which makes this a fitting time to highlight a Clearie award winner in the category of Recruiting, Training, and Retaining Election Workers. This week, I caught up with Megan Anderson, Principal of Ely Memorial High School, to discuss their collaborative effort pairing students and veterans to serve at the polls.
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    Lessening Lines on Election Day and Measuring the Results: A 2018 Clearie Contender

    Sep 13, 2019
    This week, the EAC launched the fourth annual Clearinghouse Awards, better known as the “Clearies.” In conjunction with our call for submissions, during September and October, we are highlighting past Clearie entrants and awardees. Recently, I interviewed Michele White, Director of Elections and General Registrar for Virginia’s Prince William County Office of Elections, regarding their 2018 Clearie submission.
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    National Voter Registration Day: A Nationwide Partnership for Participation

    Sep 12, 2019
    As an official supporter of the seventh annual National Voter Registration Day on September 24, 2019, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) is proud to support registration advocates around the nation to ensure that all eligible Americans have the opportunity to cast their ballot this year or in 2020. And while it’s great to have those of us based in Washington, DC backing this important initiative, it’s far more important for all of you to think about what you can do to lend a hand late
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    Register to Vote and Keep Your Promise

    Sep 03, 2019
    Registering to vote is much more than a bureaucratic formality. It’s a promise to participate in shaping our representative democracy by casting your ballot. And, it’s this sacred privilege of voting that makes National Voter Registration Day such an important event. It’s a time when Americans from all walks of life come together to encourage more citizens to take the first official step toward exercising one of their most important civic duties.
  • Clearies Contenders Q and A with Sarah Blahovec Civil Engagement & Voting Rights Organizer, National Council on Independent Living.

    A 2018 Clearie Contender: Tools for Achieving Website Accessibility

    Aug 16, 2019
    In early September, the EAC will kick off the submission period for the fourth annual 2019 Clearinghouse Awards. Dubbed the “Clearies” for short, the national effort celebrates best practices in election administration and helps advance the EAC’s clearinghouse responsibilities under the Help America Vote Act.
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    EAC Providing Valuable Support for Election Officials, Voters Ahead of 2020 Elections

    Jul 17, 2019
    In recent weeks, EAC Commissioners and staff have packed their bags and crisscrossed the nation to participate in conferences hosted by state and local election officials, as well as national gatherings of the National Association of Secretaries of State, the National Association of State Election Directors, the National Association of Counties and the International Association of Government Officials. The EAC’s four Commissioners have already visited 25 states in the first half of this year.
  • EAC Releases New Resources Supporting Language Accessibility in Elections

    Apr 01, 2019
    According to U.S. Census Bureau data, there are nearly 26 million people in the U.S with limited English proficiency and more than 66 millions who speak a language other than English at home. Such individuals can face challenges when attempting to register to vote and cast a ballot. The EAC is pleased to announce our newest resources that seek to strengthen language accessibility and help election officials serve voters with language needs.
  • The Importance of Good (Ballot) Design

    Mar 04, 2019
    While the 2018 Midterm Elections were administrated without issue in the majority of jurisdictions, some voters did experience long lines, malfunctioning voting equipment and flawed ballot design that made it harder for them to vote, or in some cases, prevented them from casting a ballot. So, as election officials prepare for the next election, how can they ensure ballots are designed effectively?
  • Celebrating Your Election Day Successes

    Nov 26, 2018
    The November 30 deadline to enter the U.S. Election Assistance Commission’s (EAC) 2018 Clearinghouse competition is right around the corner. We want to hear from you about the initiatives that produced positive results during this election season. It’s easy to enter and a great way to celebrate your office’s successes.
  • EAC “Clearies” Honor Innovation, Leadership in Elections Administration

    Oct 02, 2018
    What’s your secret to a successful election that serves the needs of voters? The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) invites you to tell the commission about your work and enter it for consideration in the third annual national competition for best practices in election administration.
  • Defining and Piloting Risk-Limiting Audits

    Aug 09, 2018
    As states look to bolster election security, many jurisdictions are refining their post-election audit processes or piloting new initiatives, including risk-limiting audits (RLAs).
  • Deep Dives Provide Insight into Election Administration

    Jun 08, 2018
    Recently, the EAC released its last in a series of deep dives into the 2016 Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS). These briefs provide an in-depth look at a variety of issues related to administering elections and use data to help better understand these issues.
  • Angelo Mino: 20 Years of Preserving and Celebrating Democracy

    May 24, 2018
    Election workers are vital to the administration of elections. However, their work and stories are largely overlooked. This month, the EAC is featuring the stories of several of these unsung heroes. For this latest edition, we spoke with Angelo H. Mino, who has served as an election worker in Johnson County, Kansas for 20 years.
  • List Maintenance in the National Voter Registration Act

    Mar 30, 2018
    The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA), sometimes referred to as the “Motor Voter Act,” establishes certain voter registration requirements with respect to elections for federal office. Section 8, for example, contains provisions relevant to maintaining accurate voter registration lists and protections against inadvertently removing properly registered voters.
  • NASS Overview of Voter Registration

    Mar 23, 2018
    The EAC has highlighted various approaches and resources states provide on voter list maintenance during List Maintenance Month. This week, the EAC is sharing an in-depth report from the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS). Originally released in 2009, NASS updated the “Maintenance of State Voter Registration Lists: A Review of Relevant Policies and Procedures” last December.
  • State List Maintenance Procedures

    Mar 16, 2018
    During List Maintenance Month, we are sharing information and resources from a number of states. This week, we are highlighting reports from the Pennsylvania Department of State, the Wisconsin Elections Commission, the Indiana Election Division and the California Secretary of State.
  • Voter List Maintenance: News and Updates

    Mar 09, 2018
    In the coming weeks, the EAC will revisit some of the efforts made by election officials to keep voter rolls accurate, as well as highlight and update related research and news. Today, we focus on Virginia and its detailed information on how voter list maintenance is conducted.
  • #Countdown18 - Key Election Dates and Information

    Feb 21, 2018
    To serve our clearinghouse function, and help voters get registered and participate in these upcoming elections, the EAC recently updated its website with key dates and election information on federal elections in 2018.
  • More People Are Voting by Mail – Are Your Mailings Ready?

    Feb 13, 2018
    Voting by mail is becoming more prominent as more voters cast their ballot before Election Day. Recent data shows that as many as two in five ballots cast in federal elections are the result of absentee, mail or early voting.
  • Port Huron Township Models Best Practices with Simplified Poll Worker Training

    Feb 08, 2018
    In November of 2017, the EAC announced the winners of our annual national competition for best practices in election administration, also known as the “Clearies.” Leading up to the 2018 elections, we will be periodically highlighting both Clearie winners and entries that didn’t receive an award, but still provide good models for election officials. It is our hope these best practices will help election officials enhance their processes and prepare for future elections.
  • Looking Back at the EAC Summit: The 2018 Federal Election

    Jan 16, 2018
    More than 175 election officials, voting rights activists, academics and others in the election community attended the EAC summit, which featured keynote speakers and expert on topics such as election security, voting accessibility, and how to use election data to improve the voter experience.
  • Getting Ready for the EAC’s 2018 Federal Election Summit

    Jan 09, 2018
    The EAC will host an all-day summit highlighting a spectrum of issues that state and local election officials will face as they work to administer secure, accessible and efficient federal elections in the coming year. Expert speakers and panelists will discuss critical issues, such as election security, voting accessibility, and how to use election data to improve the voter experience.
  • Colorado’s Implementation of Risk-Limiting Audits

    Oct 30, 2017
    Colorado is pioneering a new method of auditing elections known as a risk-limiting audit (RLA) that improves the integrity of the election process and sets the standard for other local and state election officials to follow. The promise of this effort can be attributed to a six-year collaboration between state and county election officials, voting system providers, subject matter experts, and election advocates.
  • Celebrating Innovative Veteran Engagement in Elections

    May 25, 2017
    As our nation recognizes May as Military Appreciation Month, we caught up with Deborah Clark, Supervisor of Elections for Pinellas County Florida, to talk about their “Vote in Honor of a Vet” program. Located on Florida’s west coast, Pinellas County is a 280-square mile peninsula bordered by the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay. The County has nearly 645,000 registered voters.