U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) board member Donetta Davidson spent Tuesday, June 13, 2006, in South Carolina observing the statewide primary voting process. Davidson visited several polling places, talked with poll workers, visited the Richland County Election Commission, and spent the evening at the State Election Commission watching the results reporting process.
Davidson observed the ease of voting on the state's new, electronic voting terminals and showed interest in the availability of the audio ballot in each precinct. She spoke with poll managers about turnout and their experiences in managing their polling place. Davidson was pleased to see the voting rights poster prominently displayed in each precinct, as is required by federal law. She also visited the Richland County Election Commission and met with Director Mike Cinnamon and other county staff to observe the process of opening absentee ballots. After getting a taste of the primary process in South Carolina, Davidson got another taste of South Carolina when she tried grits for the first time. By all accounts, she loved them.
The EAC was established by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA). Central to its role, the Commission serves as a national clearinghouse and resource for information and review of procedures with respect to the administration of Federal elections. Ms. Donetta L. Davidson was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by unanimous consent of the United States Senate on July 28, 2005 to serve on the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC). Her term of service extends through December 12, 2007. Ms. Davidson, formerly Colorado's secretary of state, arrived at the EAC with experience in almost every area of election administration - everything from county clerk to secretary of state.