IT'S ... ALIVE?! EAC to Get New Commissioners Soon?

by - December 05, 2013

This week, the Senate Rules Committee announced that it will be holding a hearing next week to consider the nominations of two potential Democratic commissioners, Myrna Perez and Thomas Hicks. If the nominations go forward and the two are confirmed, it will restore the agency to half-strength at least for the first time in two years. It's not clear what exactly the agency will be able to do, given that three votes are necessary for any formal action and no GOP nominees are yet forthcoming - but at the very least it may allow the advisory committees constituted under HAVA to resume their meetings after a halt in early 2012. Also, as Rick Hasen notes at Election Law Blog: [I]t will be harder to call the EAC a zombie agency if it has two commissioners out there speaking for the agency and doing things. It isn't clear if this hearing signals new interest on Capitol Hill in the EAC or if it's just part the majority's demonstration of its powers during life after cloture. Still, it's an interesting development, especially as the President's commission prepares to release its report after six months of hearings.

IT'S ... ALIVE?! EAC to Get New Commissioners Soon? - Election Academy

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