The Election Assistance Commission (EAC) was established by the Help America Vote Act in 2002 as a bipartisan commission charged with developing guidance to meet HAVA requirements, adopting voluntary voting system guidelines, and serving as an election information clearing house. The EAC’s assistance to states and research on election issues are valuable tools in helping elections run smoothly.
This week, the EAC commissioners met for the first time since December of 2010, the last time the commission had a quorum. In December of 2014, the Senate unanimously confirmed three new commissioners. At this week’s meeting, the Commission focused on an agenda primarily oriented around voting technology. It was good to see the new commissioners diving right in, unanimously accrediting an independent testing lab for voting machines and working on the voting system guidelines. They also announced that an important tool for advocates and the public, the Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS), will be out in June.
Having EAC Commissioners back at work is good news for everyone – especially voters.
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Most state legislatures have now convened or are about to. Project Vote tracks state legislative activity relating to election administration and voting rights. The fun just never stops. In recent years, new state laws on voting have constituted something of a “civil rights revolution” in reverse. Strict voter ID and proof of citizenship are just the tip of the iceberg. Repeals or rollbacks of reforms that have made voting more accessible and convenient are not far behind. This year, the onslaught of regressive legislation continues. read more…
Today, attorneys from Project Vote, Demos, the ACLU Foundation of San Diego, and the law firm of Morrison & Foerster put the State of California on notice for violating the “motor voter” law.