EAC issues more help for local election officials

The Election Assistance Commission has issued six new sets of guidelines for election officials to help them with the chores of managing local elections.

The guidelines, several of which address technical issues, are part of a series of Quick Start Management Guides being produced by the commission. They are available online and also are being distributed as brochures to election officials. The commission plans to issue two new Quick Start brochures by the end of the year on military and overseas voting, and developing an audit trail.

The guide on acceptance testing explains what an acceptance test is and covers how to conduct a test for optical-scan ballot scanners, touch-screen voting stations and election management systems. A guide for contingency and disaster planning includes information on developing a management plan to address emergency and crisis response. It also covers developing a continuity-of-operations plan for elections and contingency planning for countywide events and internal operations.

Other guidelines cover absentee voting and voting by mail, managing change in an election office, media and public relations, and selection and preparation of polling places and vote centers.

To request copies or for more information on Quick Start Management Guides, call EAC at (866) 747-1471 or e-mail [email protected] For information on EAC's voting system certification program, including test labs, registered voting system manufacturers, voting systems that have been submitted for testing, test plans, notices of clarification and other program-related information, visit http://www.eac.gov.

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William Jackson is a Maryland-based freelance writer.

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