EAC College Poll Worker Grants Redux

The EAC reissued their College Poll Worker Grant Proposal and asked that we post it so here it is!

For Immediate Release
May 26, 2006

Jeannie Layson
Bryan Whitener
(202) 566-3100

EAC Announces College Poll Worker Grants WASHINGTON – The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) has begun taking applications for grants to develop programs that recruit and train college students to serve as nonpartisan poll workers and poll assistants. The awards are part of the Help America Vote College Program which was established by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA). The program is part of an effort to encourage college student involvement and to assist state and local governments in the administration of elections.

“While significant progress has been made in election reform, a major challenge facing election officials is the ongoing need to recruit and retain poll workers” said EAC Chairman Paul DeGregorio. “We hope to engage America’s college students in an effort to meet this critical need.”

EAC will award up to $250,000 in competitive grant monies over the course of the project. Eligible applicants include institutions of higher education such as state universities, private colleges and community colleges, and non-profit organizations. The ceiling for individual awards is $20,000.

Applications are due no later than June 15, 2006 and must be submitted in hard copy by mail or hand delivery. For information on how to apply and to obtain application forms and instructions, please call 1-866-747-1471 or send an email to:

HAVACollegeProgram@eac.gov. For additional information, go to www.eac.gov.

EAC is an independent bipartisan commission created by HAVA. It is charged with administering payments to states and developing guidance to meet HAVA requirements, implementing election administration improvements, adopting voluntary voting system guidelines and serving as a national clearinghouse and resource of information regarding election administration. The four EAC commissioners are Paul DeGregorio, chairman; Ray Martinez III, vice chairman; Donetta Davidson and Gracia Hillman.