U.S. Election Assistance Commission Seeking Entries for Election Administration Best Practices

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) announced last week that it will now be accepting submissions for its second-annual national competition best practices in election administration. This year the competition will coincide with the 15th anniversary of the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) – the legislation that established the EAC. This year’s categories were chosen specifically to celebrate the progress made since HAVA was passed.

Following the October 6th deadline for submissions, the EAC will present three awards for these best practice categories:

  • Voting Accessibility
  • Outstanding Innovations in Elections
  • Recruiting, Training, and Retaining Election Workers

This year’s entries will be judged for efficacy, innovation, sustainability, outreach efforts, cost-effectiveness, and replicability.

In the EAC’s Press Release, EAC Chairman Matt Masterson said, “As we travel throughout the country, our commission sees first-hand the innovation and commitment to excellence that election officials and their partners bring to their work. These awards acknowledge that work and highlight best practices that other election administrations can emulate.”

Last year in 2016, five winners won the competition to identify best practices in recruiting and training individuals to work as election workers:

  • Brevard County, Florida for their “Practice Makes Perfect Lab”
  • Franklin County, Ohio for their “Champions of Democracy” program
  • Hamilton County, Ohio for their variety of efforts in Recruiting, Training, and Retaining Precinct Election Officials
  • Montgomery County, Maryland for their Precinct Performance Report
  • New Hanover County, North Carolina for their “Election Official Resource Portal”

For more information on how to enter a submission for this year’s EAC competition, see the EAC press release here