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Brennan Center Files FOIA Requests with EAC Seeking State Election Security HAVA Funding Documents, EAC Communications on Grant Spending

On May 14, 2018, the Brennan Center for Justice filed two Freedom of Information Act requests with the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, seeking communications and documents relating to the 2018 Omnibus Act’s provision of Help America Vote Act funds to states for election security.

Published: May 15, 2018
On March 23, 2018, Pres­id­ent Donald Trump signed into law the Consol­id­ated Appro­pri­ations Act of 2018 (the “Omni­bus Act”). The EAC was one among the vari­ous federal govern­ment agen­cies alloc­ated funds under the Omni­bus Act, which direc­ted the EAC to use the money to assist elec­tion reform programs nation­wide. Specific­ally, the EAC received $380 million “to make payments to States for activ­it­ies to improve the admin­is­tra­tion of elec­tions for Federal office, includ­ing to enhance elec­tion tech­no­logy and make elec­tion secur­ity improve­ments,” as provided for under the Help Amer­ica Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA).
 
States have already begun to return the signed grant docu­ments, certi­fic­a­tions, and assur­ances, as well as their fund­ing docu­ments to the EAC. Yet, the EAC has not made that inform­a­tion publicly avail­able.  The Bren­nan Center reques­ted docu­ments and commu­nic­a­tions between EAC and the states regard­ing this HAVA elec­tion secur­ity fund­ing, docu­ments and commu­nic­a­tions in the EAC’s posses­sion on how states may spend the fund­ing, and commu­nic­a­tions relat­ing to the inter­mit­tent removal of Congress’s explan­at­ory state­ment from the EAC’s website.
 

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