Secretary of State
Kentucky Election Director Elected Secretary of National Elections Standards Board
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The Standards Board of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) recently elected its executive board members at a meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. Kentucky’s Executive Director of the State Board of Elections, Sarah Ball Johnson was elected secretary.
“We are delighted that the EAC Standards Board wisely elected Sarah into a leadership position within its organization,” stated Secretary of State Trey Grayson, and chairman of the Kentucky Board of Elections. “Sarah’s insight into the election’s process is well-regarded by her colleagues around the country. Her election will once again allow Kentucky to maintain its position as a national leader in election administration.” Grayson himself was recently elected for a high profile national position in election administration as the Chairman of the Republican Association of Secretaries of State.
The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) requires the formation of a 110-member Standards Board to assist EAC in carrying out its mandates. Fifty-five members are state election officials selected by their respective chief state election official and 55 are local election officials selected through a process supervised by the chief state election official. HAVA prohibits any two members representing the same state to be members of the same political party. The board elects nine members to serve as an executive board, of which not more than five are state election officials, not more than five are local election officials, and not more than five are members of the same political party. For more information about the Standards Board, including a list of all members, visit www.eac.gov.
The executive board officers are Chair Peggy Nighswonger, Wyoming state elections director (Republican); and Secretary Sarah Ball Johnson, executive director of the Kentucky State Board of Elections (Republican). The remaining executive board members are Tonni Bartholomew, Troy, Michigan city clerk (Independent); Louie Bernard, Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, clerk of court (Democrat); Larry Lomax, Clark County registrar of voters, North Las Vegas, Nevada (Independent); and Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita.
The new members are Kootenai County, Idaho, County Clerk Dan English (Democrat); Broomfield, Colorado, City and County Clerk Russ Ragsdale (Unaffiliated); and Iowa Director of Elections Sandy Steinbach (Unaffiliated).
“We’re very fortunate to add the experience and wisdom of these members to the executive board,” said Commissioner Gracia Hillman, who is the Standards Board’s designated federal officer. “We appreciate their willingness to serve our country, and I know we will rely on their expertise as we work together to make sure that every vote cast is counted accurately and fairly.”
EAC is an independent bipartisan commission created by HAVA. It is charged with developing guidance to meet HAVA requirements, implementing election administration improvements, adopting voluntary voting system guidelines, accrediting test laboratories, certifying voting systems and serving as a national clearinghouse and resource of information regarding election administration. The Commission is also responsible for auditing the use of HAVA funds.
The three EAC commissioners are Chair Donetta Davidson, Paul DeGregorio and Gracia Hillman. There is one vacancy on the commission.
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Note: Much of this release originated from a news release issued by the Election Assistance Commission. A copy of the original release can be found at: http://www.eac.gov/news_022807.asp