Election Assistance Commission

The House recently passed out of committee the “Electoral Assistance Commission Termination Act” (HR 634), which would eliminate the Electoral Assistance Commission (EAC), the only institution that oversees the security of voting systems, and states’ compliance with federal voting registration laws. At a time when we know of foreign interference with our election system, and when many states are trying everything they can to keep certain people from voting, this bill weakens another of our democratic institutions.

SAMPLE CALL DIALOGUE

Caller: Good morning/afternoon! Can you let me know [Member of Congress’s] position on the Electoral Assistance Commission Termination Act, HR 634?

OPTION 1: OPPOSES HR 634 [MEANING THEY SUPPORT THE EAC]

  • Staffer: Thank you for calling! [Member of Congress] opposes HR 634.

    Caller: That’s great! At a time when we know of threats to our voting systems and when our voting rights are under attack, we can’t eliminate the EAC. The EAC is the only institution we have to verify the integrity of our voting equipment, and it’s the only institution that checks whether states fulfill the minimum obligations to allow citizens to register to vote. If [Member of Congress] really cares about our voting rights like I do, I hope he makes a strong statement against this bill, and votes against it at every stage of the process.  
     
  • OPTION 2: SUPPORTS HR 634 [MEANING THEY OPPOSE THE EAC]

    Staffer: Thank you for calling! [Member of Congress] supports HR 634.

    Caller: That’s terrible to hear. Just in this election, we know of attempts by foreign powers to hack into our election systems. Russian cybercriminals already attempted to access state voter registration systems, and insecure voting machines can place our democracy at serious risk, at the very least risking a loss of public faith in our elections. Securing our voting infrastructure is a critical issue, and we cannot trust vague promises to turn over the EAC’s duties to the Federal Election Commission, which only monitors campaign finance violations. The EAC also makes sure that states are fulfilling their basic obligations to let people register to vote in a clear and uncomplicated way. Many states are already trying to keep people from exercising their democratic rights -- we can’t trust them to do the right thing without supervision.

    Staffer: I will certainly pass on your concerns to [Member of Congress].

    Caller: Please do, and please take down my contact information to let me know if anything changes. I hope [Member of Congress] does the right thing.
     
  • OPTION 3: DODGES / HAS NO POSITION

    Staffer: Thank you for calling! I have no idea what the Electoral Assistance Termination Act (HR 634) is, but I’m happy to take down your concerns.

    Caller: That’s disappointing to hear--this is very import issue for the integrity of our voting processes, and the ability of citizens to register to vote. By eliminating the Electoral Assistance Commission, Congress is eliminating the one institution that has oversight over the testing and certification of voting systems to ensure each state’s chosen voting technology will in fact work on election day. It seems that politicians are looking for another under-the-table way to undermine our democracy.

    Staffer: I didn’t know that but I’m happy to take down your concerns.

    Caller: Thank you. Please pass along to [Member of Congress] that he/she needs to protect our voting rights, not undermine them. I expect [Member of Congress] to do two things to prove that he/she is on my side here:

    1. Publicly state his opposition to HR 634

    2. Vote against it, in any form, in any stage of the democratic process.

    Will [Member of Congress] take these two steps to protect his constituents?

    Staffer: I will certainly pass on your concerns to [Member of Congress].

    Caller: Please do, and please take down my contact information to let me know when [Member of Congress] has made up his mind. I’m eager to hear what he decides.
ScriptsCaroline Kavit