Thank you for contacting me about the Election Assistance Commission (EAC). I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.

The EAC does not administer elections, conduct recounts, or do anything essential to the operation of our elections. It is also important to bear in mind our federal system and that the states are primarily responsible for elections. To this end, the National Association of Secretaries of State–the officials charged with overseeing election activities in all 50 states—-has repeatedly adopted resolutions calling for the dissolution of the EAC (2005, 2010, and 2015). Moreover, the Commission does not register votes, nor does it have any enforcement authority over laws governing voter registration. Even President Obama opted not to use the Commission to investigate long voting lines and hundreds of registration errors in the 2012 presidential election, instead opting to form an outside commission. Therefore, the existence of the Commission is not necessary to conduct or oversee elections. Nonetheless, please be assured I will keep your thoughts in mind as we work to protect the integrity of the vote and ensure the federal government is a better steward of taxpayer resources.

Thank you again for contacting me. It is a privilege to serve you in the Tenth District. I may also be contacted at my Sterling office at 703-404-6903, or my Washington, D.C. office at 202-225-5136. By visiting, you can sign up to receive my email newsletters and follow my efforts to serve you. You can also follow me on Facebook and Twitter for real-time updates on my activities in Congress and in the District. If I may ever be of service, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Barbara Comstock
Member of Congress