I am happy to report that we have been able to bring back up a mirror site that reproduces the content, look, and feel of the original Website that hosted the work of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration. The URL is http://web.mit.edu/supportthevoter/www/. All the content should be there, just like before.
I am indebted to Jeff Licht for actually doing the Web work.
I am delighted to have been able to sponsor this. I should also note that there are other efforts under way to preserve the important material related to the Commission’s work. As others have noted, myself included, it was always possible to re-visit the site through the Internet Archive and its Wayback Machine. The PCEA site was crawled many, many times by IA, and I suspect that long after the cockroaches have taken over, the PCEA site will be available there. In addition, I am hoping/assuming that the End of Term Project will eventually get around to adding the PCEA to its collection. (To nominate supportthevoter.gov to their presentation efforts, go to this link.) Also, the EAC has just announced that it plans to incorporate PCEA materials into the new Website it intends to launch in the coming year.
Finally, the charter of the PCEA states that “The records of the Commission and respective subcommittees or subgroups will be maintained pursuant to the Presidential Records Act of 1978 and FACA [the Federal Advisory Committee Act].” While this doesn’t help in the short-term, it does mean that the PCEA proceedings will be preserved by the National Archives and Records Administration.
In talking with my archive friends over the past several days, they all have made the distinction between access and preservation of materials. Presently, lots of people are still using the PCEA Website for their work, and it was disruptive to have it taken down. For all of you (and I include myself), you have a new place to go. That’s access. In the long run, no Website lives forever, but we hope the content will. These other efforts will ensure that long after we are all gone, the materials will be preserved.