Brian Newby, Elections Assistance Commission: Letter from CLC et al. Urging To Withdraw Proof Of Citizenship Requirement Changes in Three StatesFeb 11, 2016
In the middle of the night February 1, while everyone focused on the Iowa Caucus results, Brian Newby, the new executive director for the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC), sent letters to the chief election officers in Kansas, Georgia, and Alabama granting their request that the federal voter registration form require documentary proof of citizenship to register to vote in those states. The policy change is an about face for the agency, which previously twice rejected the same requests.
Campaign Legal Center joined with other good-government, civil rights, and voting rights groups in sending a letter calling for Newby to withdraw his letter unilaterally granting the three states’ request to make this significant change in voter registration requirements in federal elections.
U.S. House: Letter from CLC et al. to House Administration Committee regarding EAC & Presidential Public Financing SystemJun 3, 2013
A coalition letter to House Administration Committee regarding several bills seeking to further dismantle campaign finance laws whose purpose was to fight corruption and the appearance of corruption. The coalition opposed these measures seeking to end the presidential public financing system and funding for party conventions, instead of repairing these systems. The coalition also opposed the measure scheduled for the same hearing to terminate the Election Assistance Commission.
The Election Assistance Commission (EAC) is an independent, bipartisan commission charged with developing guidance to help states and local jurisdictions meet the requirements of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA requirements), adopting voluntary voting system guidelines, and serving as a national clearinghouse of information on election administration. EAC also maintains the national mail voter registration form developed in accordance with the National Voter Registration Act. The four EAC commissioners are appointed by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.