Rick Hasen blogged on the nomination of Thomas Hicks to the EAC. Like Rick, I’m a big fan of this nomination. I’ve dealt with Tom at meetings of NASS and NASED over the years and he’s paid close attention to the work of the Elections Initiatives at Pew.
He always struck me as smart and fair-minded. Personally, I’m pleased to see an appointee who did not rise through the ranks of election administration. While election administrators are obviously a key stakeholder for the EAC, they are not the only stakeholder, and I think that Tom will recognize the investment that other communities can or do have in the Commission’s work.