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H.R.634 - Election Assistance Commission Termination Act

photo of Congress member Representative Gregg Harper from Mississippi

To terminate the Election Assistance Commission.

You might favor this bill if:
► You believe that there is no need for a commission in charge of setting equipment and guidelines about voting procedures. At a cost of $10 million a year, or 0.00025% of the federal budget, the savings of $40 million year are preferable than running the commission.

You might oppose this bill if:
► You believe our nation needs to ensure fair, efficient, and accessible voting systems and practices. A price tag of $10 million a year is well worth the price for tax payers. An attempt to shut down the EAC after an election in which numerous problems and conspiracies have been raised by a range of political interests, not to mention several investigations, is irresponsible and questionable.

The Election Assistance Commission Termination Act would terminate the Election Assistance Commission (EAC), which includes the Election Assistance Commission Standards Board and the Election Assistance Commission Board of Advisors.

According to their website, the EAC is an independent, bipartisan commission established by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA). The EAC is in charge of:
- Developing guidance to meet HAVA requirements;
- Adopting voluntary voting system guidelines;
- Serving as a national clearinghouse of information on election administration;
- Accrediting testing laboratories;
- Certifying voting systems;
- Maintaining the national mail voter registration forms; and
- Auditing the use of HAVA funds.
The HAVA was passed because of the identified problems to voting systems and voter access in the 2000 elections. The law provides funding to help states meet mandatory minimum standards, replace voting systems, and improve election administration.

The HAVA established the EAC to assist states regarding HAVA compliance.HAVA requires that the states implement the following new programs and procedures:
- Provisional Voting;
- Voting Information;
- Updated and Upgraded Voting Equipment;
- Statewide Voter Registration Databases;
- Voter Identification Procedures; and
- Administrative Complaint Procedures.

Once abolished, the EAC would continue working on any existing contracts until their expiration date, but cannot renew this or any other contract.

“The existence of the EAC is not necessary to conduct federal elections and is a waste of taxpayer funds. The EAC was only meant to run temporarily following the 2000 election. Instead, this organization has taken federal resources for a decade and a half," said sponsor of the bill Rep. Gregg Harper (R). "What taxpayers have been left with is an agency that has outlived its usefulness, mismanaged its resources, and cost taxpayers millions."

"The EAC does not register voters, it does not conduct recounts, nor does it have any enforcement authority over laws governing voter registration or anything else essential to the operation of our elections," continued Rep. Gregg Harper on his press release. "It is clear that this fund is antiquated and no longer in step with taxpayers making their own decisions to support a candidate. These funds can and should be used for a greater purpose.”

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that this bill would reduce the federal budget by $40 million over the 2018-2022 period and not create or affect any revenues.


Sponsored by: Rep. Harper, Gregg [R-MS-3].

Cosponsored by: 0 Rep / 0 Dem.

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