NAACP Strongly Opposes Extremist Efforts to Eliminate Crucial Federal Election Assistance Commission

COMMISSION HELPS SUPPORT STATE AND LOCAL ELECTION OFFICIALS TO ENSURE THAT EVERY ELIGIBLE AMERICAN WHO WANTS TO CAST AN UNFETTERED VOTE CAN AND THAT THEIR VOTE IS COUNTED

In response to the myriad of problems that plagued the 2000 Presidential election, Congress in October 2002 passed the NAACP strongly supported Help America Vote Act. This important legislation addressed many of the disenfranchising problems which came to light in the 2000 election and moved us closer to the goal of allowing every eligible American to vote and to be assured that their vote was counted.

An important piece of the Help America Vote Act was the creation of the Election Assistance Commission. This bipartisan commission was established to act as a clearinghouse of information and as a resource to state and local election officials who want to employ the most current technology and best practices when overseeing elections. The election Assistance commission also oversees voting-system testing and certification. Through research, grant-making and the development of voting guidelines, the Election Assistance Commission is helping many groups which had heretofore been disenfranchised gain their Constitutional right to vote, including racial and ethnic minorities, members of the Armed Services (especially those serving overseas), disabled Americans and senior citizens.

Sadly, some extremist Members of Congress do not agree on the need to help election officials ensure that the right to vote for every American is protected. There is legislation moving in the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R. 672) that would dismantle the Election Assistance Commission within 60 days of enactment. H.R. 672 was passed by the House Administration committee on May 25, 2011, and is poised to go before the full House of Representatives in the near future.

THE NAACP STRONGLY SUPPORTS THE WORK OF THE ELECTION ASSISTANCE COMMISSION AND OPPOSES H.R. 672

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