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EAC to Host an Election Security Forum with Representatives from Government, Technology and Voting System Manufacturers and Testing Laboratories

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Silver Spring, Md. – The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) will convene Secretaries of State, along with representatives from government 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.

The forum’s panelists will present on voting system and software vulnerabilities for voting systems, how to identify and address these challenges, and how software patching can impact these systems.

Security continues to be a critical topic as election officials prepare for the 2020 Federal Elections, particularly as some voting equipment across the country surpasses 10, or in some cases, 15 years of age.

In March 2018, $380 million in Help America Vote Act (HAVA) Funds were made available to states to improve the administration of Federal Elections, the first HAVA appropriation since FY2010. States used the funds to great effect by improving election-related audits, increasing election security measures and upgrading voter registration systems, among other initiatives.

However, the 2018 HAVA Funds and required state match alone are not enough to replace all aging voting equipment. Therefore, discussions such as the EAC Election Security Forum are central to finding solutions for long-term system security sustainability.

The EAC Election Security Forum is open to the public and will be livestreamed on the EAC’s website. As space is limited, all media attending the forum in person are encouraged to register in advance by contacting Brenda Bowser Soder at or 202-897-9285.

WHAT:    EAC Election Security Forum

WHO:     EAC Chairwoman Christy McCormick

EAC Vice Chair Ben Hovland

EAC Commissioner Tom Hicks

EAC Commissioner Don Palmer


Panel I: Secretaries of State

Panel II: Federal Representatives

Panel III: Industry Representatives

WHEN:      Thursday, August 15, 2019 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. ET

WHERE:    EAC Headquarters, 1335 East West Highway, Suite 104,

Silver Spring, MD 20910

The event will also be livestreamed on


RSVP:        Media planning to attend in person should contact Brenda Bowser Soder at or 202-897-9285.

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The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) was established by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA). It is an independent, bipartisan commission charged with ensuring secure, accurate and accessible elections by developing guidance to meet HAVA requirements, adopting voluntary voting system guidelines, and serving as a national clearinghouse of information on election administration. EAC also accredits testing laboratories and certifies voting systems, as well as administers the use of HAVA funds. For more information, visit

Contact: Brenda Bowser Soder
Phone: 202-897-9285