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U.S. EAC Commissioners Visit Boise State

U.S. Election Assistance Commissioners Christy McCormick and Don Palmer visited Boise State along with the Idaho Secretary of State Lawrence Denney to meet Boise State faculty and students working with INSURE (Idaho electioN cyberSecURity cEnter).

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) was established by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA). The EAC is an independent, bipartisan commission charged with developing guidance to meet HAVA requirements, adopting voluntary voting system guidelines, and serving as a national clearinghouse of information on election administration. The EAC also accredits testing laboratories and certifies voting systems, as well as audits the use of HAVA funds. The EAC commissioners are appointed by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The EAC is required to submit an annual report to Congress as well as testify periodically about HAVA progress and related issues.

INSURE has been consulting with the Idaho Secretary of State’s office on various projects related to election security monitoring, detecting fraud in voter registration, the viability of new technologies such as blockchain for use in elections, and election audit processes. Being able to meet with EAC Commissioners provided a great opportunity to share these efforts and gather feedback.

From left-to-right: Idaho Deputy Secretary of State Jason Hancock, Dr. Jaclyn Kettler (Political Science), Dr. Hoda Mehrpouyan (Computer Science), Nahid Anwar (PhD in Computing student), Dr. Amit Jain (Computer Science), Commissioner Christy McCormick, Dr. Gaby Dagher (Computer Science), Commissioner Don Palmer, Jack Cunningham (undergraduate CS researcher), Idaho Secretary of State Lawrence Denney, and Idaho Chief Deputy Secretary of State Chad Houck.