Washington, DC - The League of Women Voters strongly urges the House Appropriations Committee not to terminate the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) in the Financial Services Appropriation Bill, HR 115. The League of Women Voters president, Chris Carson today issued the following statement:

"With continuing controversy about the accuracy, conduct and participation in American elections, this is not the time to abolish the only federal entity devoted exclusively to improving election administration on a bi-partisan basis.

"Though it receives little attention, the EAC does invaluable work to improve our nation’s election systems. The Commission seeks to ensure the efficacy, reliability, and trustworthiness of our nation’s election systems by conducting research, collecting data, and sharing information among elected officials, the public, and interested organizations.

"The EAC has played a central role in improving the accessibility of voting for the country’s more than 37 million voters with disabilities. Although further steps are still needed, the EAC’s leadership is essential to continuing this effort to expand access to the ballot for all eligible Americans.

"Elections are the life blood of our democracy. We strongly urge the Appropriations Committee to actively oppose provisions to terminate the Election Assistance Commission in H.R. 115."

Contact: Sarah Courtney | 202-263-1332 | scourtney@lwv.org