Benjamin Hovland

Benjamin Hovland was confirmed on Jan. 2, 2019 to serve on the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, and serves as Chairman of the EAC and the Designated Federal Officer for the Technical Guidelines Development Committee. Hovland’s 20-year career in elections has been shaped by his commitment to improving election administration and removing barriers to voting. Most recently, he served as Acting Chief Counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, where he was a driving force behind Congress appropriating $380 million in Help America Vote Act funds to enhance election security to the states in 2018. He also served as the Deputy General Counsel for the Missouri Secretary of State’s office, focused on legal issues related to the administration of state and federal elections, including recounts, poll worker training, voter registration list maintenance, statewide database matching, voter education resources and ballot initiative litigation.