From Politico By Tim Starks:
Only half of the members of the Election Assistance Commission have security clearances, and none of them had clearances for the 2016 and 2018 election cycles, Eric reports. Thomas Hicks, who chaired the EAC in 2016 and 2018, and Donald Palmer, who joined the commission in February, lack them, while Christy McCormick, the agency’s current chairwoman, has an interim clearance. Benjamin Hovland, who also joined in February, has a full clearance. Then-Commissioner Matthew Masterson did not have one during the 2016 cycle.
“The people entrusted with securing our elections need to know what threats they’re supposed to address,” Sen. Ron Wyden told POLITICO in a statement. “An Election Assistance [Commission member] without a security clearance is like making a baseball player hit without a bat.”
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The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) was established by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA). 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. EAC also accredits testing laboratories and certifies voting systems, as well as audits the use of HAVA funds.
HAVA established the Standards Board and the Board of Advisors to advise EAC. The law also established the Technical Guidelines Development Committee to assist EAC in the development of voluntary voting system guidelines.
The four EAC commissioners are appointed by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. EAC is required to submit an annual report to Congress as well as testify periodically about HAVA progress and related issues. The commission also holds public meetings and hearings to inform the public about its progress and activities.