Early Returns Podcast with Jan Baran - Donald Palmer and the U.S. Elections Assistance Commission’s Role in the Integrity of the Voting Process
Early Returns - Law and Politics with Jan Baran
This episode examines an important government agency that helps keep our voting systems current, transparent, and reliable. The U.S. Elections Assistance Commission (“EAC”) has existed for a little over 20 years. It was created in the aftermath of the 2000 presidential election and the Florida vote recount. In today’s political climate of distrust and controversy regarding, among other things, the voting process and vote counting, the EAC plays an integral role in ensuring the integrity of the election process.
Our guest is Commissioner Donald Palmer, one of four EAC commissioners. He discusses with Jan the role of the EAC and his former experiences administering elections in Florida and Virginia. Commissioner Palmer also discusses EAC’s testing and certification of voting machines, including the Dominion Voting Systems used in the 2020 election, and the security of future U.S. elections.