Election Assistance Commission

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The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) was created by the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002 as an independent and bipartisan commission charged to develop policies and guidelines in aiding state election agencies to meet expectations standardized in HAVA, as well as hold fair elections across the United States.


See also: Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002

The Election Assistance Commission helps states achieve compliance with HAVA by serving as a national clearinghouse of election related information. EAC also accredits testing laboratories and certifies voting systems, as well as audits the use of HAVA funds.

Other responsibilities include maintaining the national mail voter registration form developed in accordance with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.[1]


The four EAC commissioners are appointed by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The EAC is required to submit an annual report to Congress as well as testify periodically about HAVA progress and related issues. The commission also holds public meetings and hearings to inform the public about its progress and activities.[1]

HAVA also requires the formation of a 37-member Board of Advisors and a 110-member Standards Board to assist EAC in carrying out its mandates under the law. HAVA Section 221 calls for establishing a Technical Guidelines Development Committee to assist EAC in developing Voluntary Voting System Guidelines. All of these governing boards provide valuable input and expertise in the formation of guidance and policy.[1]

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