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

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Sep 24, 2018

Summit to Feature Senators Blunt and Klobuchar, NCSC Director Evanina,

State and Local Election Directors, Election Vendor Fair

Silver Spring, Md. – 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 who will examine election security best practices, as well as investments in accessibility, post-election audits, and other vital election activities. Following these discussions, the EAC will host an open house for election vendors who wish to display and demonstrate their equipment. 
 
The EAC Election Readiness Summit event aims to inform the public and lawmakers about the steps election leaders can take to ensure secure, accessible, and efficient elections. The summit will also highlight innovative and cost-effective steps election administrators should consider as they look to 2020 and beyond.
 
In January, the EAC began the year with an all-day summit focused a spectrum of issues that state and local election officials would face as they prepared for the 2018 federal elections. The EAC Election Readiness Summit will be the bookend event to an intense year of preparation for election officials around the country, who have worked tirelessly to improve the security and resiliency of their systems. 
 
The EAC Election Readiness Summit is open to the public and members of the press. Attendees are strongly encouraged to reserve their space by registering here. To request an interview with a summit speaker, make arrangements for broadcast equipment, or seek additional information about the event, please contact Brenda Bowser Soder at bsoder@eac.gov or 202-897-9285.
 
Those who cannot join the summit in person can watch the event online and follow the conversation online at #Countdown18.
 
WHAT: EAC Election Readiness Summit
 
WHEN: Wednesday, October 3, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET
 
WHERE: Capitol Visitors Center, Rooms SVC 208/209 & SVC 215 ​
 
WHO: The agenda and complete list of speakers will be updated in real time at this link
 
Confirmed speakers include:
EAC Chairman Thomas Hicks
EAC Vice Chair Christy McCormick
U.S Senator Roy Blunt (R-Missouri)
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota)
William Evanina, Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center
Christopher Krebs, Under Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security's National Protection and Programs Directorate
Secretary of State Jim Condos, Vermont, President of the National Association of Secretaries of State
Secretary of State John Merrill, Alabama
Secretary of State Mac Warner, West Virginia
Secretary of State Wayne Williams, Colorado
Secretary of State Kim Wyman, Washington 
Paul Lux, Supervisor of Elections, Okaloosa County, Florida
Meagan Wolfe, Administrator of Wisconsin Elections Commission
Sherry Poland, Director, Hamilton County, OH, Board of Elections 
Joe Rozell, Elections Director, Oakland County, Michigan 
 
 
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The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) was established by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA). It is an independent, bipartisan commission charged with ensuring secure, accurate and accessible elections by developing guidance to meet HAVA requirements, adopting voluntary voting system guidelines, and serving as a national clearinghouse of information on election administration. EAC also accredits testing laboratories and certifies voting systems, as well as administers the use of HAVA funds. For more information, visit www.eac.gov
Contact: Brenda Bowser Soder
Phone: 202-897-9285
 
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