tv Election Assistance Commission Summit - Panel on Election Accessibility ... CSPAN January 18, 2018 7:42am-9:14am EST
are getting thank you notes from voters in their ballot packets coming from other places. what it's highlighted for me, we have a very connected statewide system and can manage all those cross changes, but i think the interconnectiveness and the transient nature of the country generally has very much highlight the these huge
disparities and frankly confusing policies and practices that are across the board that all are solvable through data driven policy changes. and so i think like common data format work, some of what eric has done, i mean, i think what it has done is it's highlighted that much our issues that we deal with from a customer service perspective or voters voting provisionals or whatever it is, dhoos with varying deadlines from state to state, varying residency deadlines where someone's eligibility in one state may vary greatly from somebody's in the next state over. i don't know if you want to maybe just talk about your thoughts on that because it seems to me that that's the most obvious way to improve a lot of the challenges that voters face. just purely in the registration side of things because if they don't get registered successfully, it really doesn't matter, you know, once we get to the voting process. that registration part seems to be kind of the bedrock of much
of what we do. so maybe get your thoughts on that. >> i'll take a piece of it since you're the first one to bring up today commend dative format. but the ease and exchange of data across or within jurisdictions is critical and actually has gotten a lot better over the last decade, right? when we first started collecting ease data even within a jurisdiction, getting that data either complete or consistently was almost impossible. and so an effort that we've been involved in is developing the common data format to ease that exchange of data to encourage that ability to exchange data both within your state or otherwise. and i think what you'll see because the trend's headed that direction is exactly that, the ability to analyze and exchange data across election jurisdictions to educate voters, to improve services for voters, just to improve the overall information, right.
allowing people to look up where they can vote and whatnot, that's gotten so much better over the last five, seven years thanks to efforts like vip and i think you'll just see that grow as the technology improves to support it. >> yeah. i would say that, you know, like michael scar pell low said earlier, he has a huge county and as we know every election is different and every jurisdiction for every election, we can't -- we don't do the same election over and over again. but this underscores the importance of sharing information, the national clearinghouse, getting best practices out there and sharing those so that folks can update your processes. i think one of the things that is soarly needrely needed is a all the rules and election policies. think we need a real review of
our election laws and processes. i don't now how we do that but i think the states need to start tackling that issue. >> i don't know if i should introduce myself as the deputy of arap aho county or -- but i have a question. so we're reminded today about florida in 2000 and the policy changes that came from that being public and the funding that came with that, and we've talked a lot about the security issues that we faced this last year. and, again, we saw a lot of ahissing thin amazing things because that was so public. we had this great glosserry of terms to help us become cybersecurity experts. we have a lot of sharing of information as we heard today from different entities. is there merit for the eac -- let me back up. we try really hard as election
administrators to make sure we're pointing out all the new things that are taking place, but is there merit in the eac guiding us or helping us pull back the curtain on some of the other issues that we face collectively and making those public in a way that might help drive further change, such as the strug that will we have to secure polling locations that are big enough and accessible or some of the issues that we deal with in colorado with registration changes and updates and those sorts of things? have you given any thought to sort of what's the next big issue that you would like to tackle or maybe help us help you bring our stories to the public so that we can get those policy changes or that funding that we need? >> i would say it's going to be an all hands on deck process. the researchers are good at bringing up the problems that we have, and i think the eac is looking at some of those things
as well. and we do, because of our interaction with the state and local election officials, we do hear some of the problems and see the threads that run through the different states. and so we're in an interesting position in that we can see what's happening throughout the country rather than just an isolated area. so i think we are looking at that. i think our staff is look at some of that as well. obviously the big, you know, big thing right now is the cybersecurity and the threats against our system. and i think we just have to keep chipping away at each issue that comes up and how question best respond to it. so i think, yes, through a lot of the work that we do we are doing that. but you're right, we probably should do more. >> i would -- the answer's yes. and part of what your question suggests to me is the need to identify, you know, we're focused on some complex challenging problems, but have we identified or helped identify and help you all deal with some of the simpler problems that are
the larger issues for you? like polling places, that's simply a challenge of finding and identifying places you can actually use, right? and how do we help educate, get in touch with county commissioners or legislators or whoever else to help ease that burden and communicate that on a more national level using data, right. we can utilize the information we have at our fingertips to help do that. the angs's yeswer's yes, you ha identify that and then help us work on that with you. i look at auditing. at this point auditeding has become expected practice. to now the conversation's moved to fishing auditing. how account eac work with communities and otherwise to identify efficient auditing practices and then share that information what's working, what's not working, why it's working to allow to you make the
decisions about what works best for your operation as we see that evolve and improve. we went from do we audit or don't we. and, yes, so what are the best ways? those are the types of challenges in front of us. >> so, yes, someone said a little earlier there's 170,000 plus polling places around this country on election day. the odds of all those places not having one incident at all are very minor. so in 2000 we talked about hangi hanging chads. 2008 it was hurricane sandy, 2016 it was the russian meddling, what's 2020 going to be like? we don't know, we don't have a crystal ball. but i think as we move forward, as long as the election officials and public are working together to facilitate that no votes are being changed, i think that that's a positive aspect.
we have our eave survey out in the hallway there that i would tell folks to make sure you get a copy of. we don't have many left. if you get a chance get a copy of that it's on our website for those at home. through that data and as problems come up, we're going to come up with solutions, hopefully. >> so if i could, from an eac staff perspective, use that to transition a couple things. one, i believe that i would say as a former election official polling places are not a simpler issue, just want to say that. that is a thing. i think one of the things we tried hard to do this year is make it real gnat was an eac initiative and to make our information relevant. we wanted to make sure that what we were doing spoke to you and so that wouldn't -- we hope it has, we hope that today's event is indicative of that and we want to continue that for '18.
we definitely would like to get feedback if there are things that we should be focused on that we aren't. i do think we have -- we're kind of running towards the end. we have probably time for one more question and then we might have one wrap-up here. is there anybody? one last question. >> it's that time. >> i would give one shout out to our staff, one thing. i think they've done a terrific job today, tremendous job. [ applause ] >> thank all of you for attending. i think if you have questions, look at eac dofl. -- eac.gov. i would turn to the chairman for final word. >> no incredible wisdom to share except thank you to the staff and panelists and you all for being here. the comment was made, it's obvious the level of engagement because the amount of people here. the challenge for all of us whether you're an election administrator, a member of the public, an activist, an academic
is to remain engablinged wiage- engaged with each other and there are a lot of people working to tackle those problems. now that all of you have met, to work together to tackle these challenges and solve some of these problems. so that's the message i hope you leave here today with is to find a way, buddy up. i feel like we should have the election officials raise their hand so you can identify who needs the help and support. but just go out and conquer and take on these challenges head on. we'll be ready to go for 2018, i got no doubt about that. no, no, stop. you stop. you're the best. so that's all. thank you. >> all right. thank you.
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