Statement Submitted to the Election Assistance Commission

Statement Submitted to the Election Assistance Commission

August 18, 2010
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American Association Of People With Disabilities, Demos, Lawyers' Committee For Civil Rights Under Law, League Of Women Voters Of The United States, And Project Vote

The undersigned organizations submit the following comments in connection with the Election Assistance Commission’s (EAC) August 18, 2010 hearing.  We appreciate the agency’s willingness to receive testimony about its biennial report to Congress (stated at p. 14 of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking) and hope that our views will help to inform the judgment of the EAC as it considers issuing regulations or other guidance on the biennial report.

All of our organizations are dedicated to improving the system of elections and promoting civic engagement by making voter registration more accessible to traditionally underserved communities, such as disabled and low income Americans and racial minorities.  In particular, we do a significant amount of work related to the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA).  Consequently, we rely on the Election Assistance Commission for its biennial NVRA report and the data on state compliance contained with it.  We have carefully read the EAC reports, and the FEC reports before them, and would like to share with you our observations and recommendations for fulfilling the Commission’s monitoring and reporting responsibility.