OEA ADVISORY PANEL MEETS MAY 4-5 IN BALTIMORE
WASHINGTON The Federal Election Commissions Office of Election
Administration (OEA) is host this week for the annual meeting of the FECs Election
Administration Advisory Panel, scheduled Friday and Saturday (May 4-5) at the Wyndham
Baltimore Inner Harbor hotel.
The OEA, formerly known as the National Clearinghouse on Election Administration, is an
entity of the FEC. The Advisory Panel, established in 1976, is composed of state and local
election officials from throughout the nation. The 20 members of the Panel are nominated
by the director of the OEA and appointed by the six Commissioners of the FEC and are
tasked to advise the OEA and the FEC on methods of allocation of resources that will best
serve the needs of election officials.
FEC Chairman Danny L. McDonald, who will officially open the 2-day session on Friday
morning, commented, "The fair, effective administration of elections in the United
States is critical to the stability, and is the cornerstone, of our democratic republic.
Without question, the Advisory Panels valuable input will help the FECs Office
of Election Administration use its resources to better serve state election officials,
and, in turn, the voting public at large. The FEC welcomes Advisory Panel members to this
annual meeting, and we look forward to participating in the discussion."
The meetings agenda includes topics on Friday that include "Contested
Elections and Recounts 2000" (9:30 - 11 a.m.); Federal Issues 2000 (11:15 - 12:30);
and, in the afternoon, task force reports from the National Association of Secretaries of
State, National Association of Counties, National Council of State Legislatures, and The
Saturdays agenda includes a discussion on the FEC and OEA budget and the future
role of the OEA, with Chairman McDonald, FEC Vice Chairman David Mason (who serves as
chairman of the FEC Finance Committee), and Commissioner Karl Sandstrom (9 - 10 a.m.); and
an update by OEA Director Penelope Bonsall on the Voting Systems Standards Program.
Accompanying this release are the list of OEA Advisory
Panel members, and the annual meetings agenda.
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