It's raining RFP's

Okay, when is enough enough? Today the EAC issued another two new RFP’s:

  • RFP 05-08: Voter Information Public Access Portal Design Conference
  • RFP 05-09: Voter Hotline Project

Developing voter hotlines we understand, especially given the success of some of those projects in the 2004 election (like 1-866-MYVOTE1). For those inquiring minds that just have to know, the EAC defines a voter information public access portal as “a Web site that disseminates voter education information.”

Why a design conference? Well, … “In June of 2005, staff at the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) undertook a survey of public access portals … The EAC found that there were several public access portals in operation for the 2004 Presidential election, and that their sponsorship ranged from locally-based, to independent sector and private corporations. many of the portals performed the same functions for voters, and efforts were found to be duplicative, disorganized, and oftentimes erroneous.” And the idea here is that whoever gets this contract is going to set up a conference to bring interested parties together to figure out strategies to solve these problems.

So if you are looking for some fun weekend projects, add these to your list. You can guess what election geeks like us are going to be doing this weekend!