On Friday, Nov. 15, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) issued a Notice of Clarification for Software de minimis changesDownload PDF(opens in new tab). A de minimis change is a change to a certified voting system’s hardware, software, TDP, or data, the nature of which will not materially alter the system’s reliability, functionality, capability, or operation.

 Silver Spring, Md. – Today, the United States Election Assistance Commission’s four sitting Commissioners announced they will soon launch an official search the Commission’s next Executive Director and General Counsel. As that search takes place, the Commissioners have enacted a new succession plan. At this time, the EAC’s Chief Information and Security Officer, Mona Harrington, will serve as acting Executive Director. 

Today, following a Microsoft announcement that the company will provide free Windows 7 support to all election officials operating certified election systems that utilize the “end of life” software, U.S. Election Assistance Commission Chairwoman Christy McCormick, Vice Chair Ben Hovland, Commissioner Thomas Hicks and Commissioner Donald Palmer issued the following joint statement.
The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) is seeking submissions for its fourth annual national Clearinghouse Awards. Dubbed the “Clearies” for short, the awards provide election offices an opportunity to share their innovative efforts and celebrate successes. The Clearies play an important role in furthering the EAC’s responsibilities under the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA). Under that Act, the EAC serves as a clearinghouse for election administration information.
The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) will convene state election directors, along with representatives from government, international technology companies and voting system manufacturers and testing laboratories, during an EAC Election Security Forum on Thursday, August 15, 2019 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. ET at its headquarters in Silver Spring.
Over the coming weeks, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission’s (EAC) Technical Guidelines and Development Committee (TGDC) will hold a series of open meetings to discuss different aspects of the proposed Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG 2.0) Requirements. The three meetings will precede a scheduled September 19-20, 2019 in-person meeting of the TGDC.