Information Collection Activity; Focus Groups-Study of the Feasibility and Advisability of Establishing a Program of Free Return or Reduced Postage for Absentee Ballots, 28036-28037 [07-2463]

Download as PDF 28036 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 96 / Friday, May 18, 2007 / Notices deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1– 800–877–8339. [FR Doc. E7–9554 Filed 5–17–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P ELECTION ASSISTANCE COMMISSION Information Collection Activity; Focus Groups—Study of the Feasibility and Advisability of Establishing a Program of Free Return or Reduced Postage for Absentee Ballots U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC). ACTION: Notice and request for comments. pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: The U.S. Election Assistance Commission has submitted the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on November 14, 2006, at 71 FR 66321. The notice allowed for a 60-day public comment period. Two comments were received on this information collection during that time period, and as a result the number of focus groups was increased from three to nine. In addition, each selected group will now have one focus group from an urban, rural, and suburban location to ensure the diversity of responses and participants. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comments. Comments are encouraged and will be accepted until June 18, 2007. This process is conducted in accordance with 5 CFR 1320.10. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the information collection on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before June 18, 2007. ADDRESSES: Written comments and recommendations on the proposed information collection should be sent to: OMB Review: Alexander T. Hunt, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10235, New Executive Office VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:06 May 17, 2007 Jkt 211001 Building, Washington, DC 20503, (202) 395–7316. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request more information on this proposed information collection or to obtain a copy of the proposal and associated collection instruments, please, write to the above address or call Ms. Karen Lynn-Dyson at (202) 566– 3100. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Study of the Feasibility and Advisability of Establishing a Program of Free Return or Reduced Postage for Absentee Ballots—Focus Groups. OMB Number: Pending. Type of Review: Regular submission. Needs and Uses: Section 246 of the Help America Vote Act requires the Election Assistance Commission (EAC), in consultation with the United States Postal Service, to conduct a study on the feasibility and advisability of establishing a program under which the U.S. Postal Service shall waive or otherwise reduce the amount of postage applicable with respect to absentee ballots returned by voters in general elections for Federal Office. This study does not address the cost to the U.S. Postal Service for free postage for sending absentee ballots but may consider costs to election officials that are related to implementing such a program including the costs of sending absentee ballots to voters. It also does not include consideration of the 39 U.S.C. 3406 provisions for the mailing of balloting materials for military and overseas absentee voters. As part of the study the Commission is directed to conduct a nationwide survey of potential beneficiaries, including the elderly and disabled, and to take into account the results of this survey in determining the feasibility and advisability of establishing such a program. This survey will be supplemented by focus groups among potential beneficiaries—elderly, disabled, low-income—to obtain more specific information on the challenges these populations face when participating in election and to assess the potential benefit these populations might receive from a program of free return or reduced postage for absentee ballots. At the conclusion of the study effort, EAC is required to submit a report to Congress with recommendations for such legislative and administrative action as EAC determines appropriate. The report shall contain an analysis of the feasibility of implementing such a program and an estimate of the costs. It is required to specifically contain recommendations regarding the elderly and disabled PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 populations, including ways a free absentee ballot return postage program would target these populations and identify methods to increase the number or such individuals who vote in elections for Federal office. Affected Public: Citizens. Number of Respondents: 108. Responses per Respondent: 1. Estimated Burden Per Response: 1.25 hours; focus groups will last no longer than 1.25 hours. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 135 hours. Information will be collected through a series of nine focus groups comprised of potential beneficiaries of a free and/ or discounted absentee ballot postage program. Three (3) focus groups will be dedicated to issues confronting the elderly population, three (3) focus groups will be dedicated to issues confronting disabled people and three (3) focus groups will be dedicated to issues confronting the low-income citizens. An official from the United States Postal Service will observe at least one of the planned focus groups. The topics that will be explored included: 1. The challenges that the particular population faces when participating in elections. a. Information on respondents’ previous experiences with voting in Federal elections. Information on any difficulties encountered in the process of voting and how the issues were resolved. 2. The concerns members of the particular population have about voting (e.g. voter intimidation, voter confidentiality, security, use of ballots). a. Information on particular incidents that has prevented respondent from being able to vote. 3. The possible remedies to those challenges that would likely increase the rates of voter participation in the population (e.g. relaxed absentee voting laws, better accessibility to polling places, voter education). a. Information on respondents’ interest in absentee ballot voting. 4. The likelihood that a free or discounted absentee ballot postage program would assist the particular population. a. Information on respondents’ interest in a program of free or discounted postage for absentee ballots. 5. How the program could possibility by implemented to target the particular population. a. Information on creating and implementing the program to ensure that it benefits the particular population. E:\FR\FM\18MYN1.SGM 18MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 96 / Friday, May 18, 2007 / Notices 6. The factors that would make reaching the particular population difficult. a. Information on advertising such a program to the particular population so that they can take advantage of the change. Thomas R. Wilkey, Executive Director, U.S. Election Assistant Commission. [FR Doc. 07–2463 Filed 5–17–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6820–KF–M ELECTION ASSISTANCE COMMISSION Information Collection Activity; Alternative Voting Methods Study U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC). ACTION: Notice and request for comments. pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: The U.S. Election Assistance Commission has submitted the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on January 9, 2007, at 72 FR 962. The notice allowed for a 60-day public comment period. Only one comment was received on this information collection during that time period; no substantive changes were made to the information collection instrument. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comments. Comments are encouraged and will be accepted until June 18, 2007. This process is conducted in accordance with 5 CFR 1320.10. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the information collection on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before June 18, 2007. ADDRESSES: Written comments and recommendations on the proposed information collection should be sent to: OMB Reviewer: Alexander T. Hunt, Office of Management and Budget, VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:06 May 17, 2007 Jkt 211001 Room 10235, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503, (202) 395–7316. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request more information on this proposed information collection or to obtain a copy of the proposal and associated collection instruments, please, write to the above address or call Ms. Karen Lynn-Dyson at (202) 566– 3100. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Alternative Voting Methods Study. OMB Number: Pending. Type of Review: Regular submission. Needs and Uses: Section 241 of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) requires the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) to periodically study election administration issues with the goal of promoting voting methods and improving election administration. HAVA Section 241(b)(10) instructs the EAC to study the feasibility and advisability of conducting elections for Federal office on different days, at different places, and during different hours. The study should include a discussion of the advisability of establishing a uniform poll closing time and establishing: (A) A legal public holiday under section 6103 of title 5 United States Code, as the date on which general elections for Federal office are held; (B) The Tuesday after the 1st Monday in November, in every even numbered year, as a legal public holiday under such section; (C) A date other than the Tuesday next after the 1st Monday in November, in every even numbered year as the date on which general elections for Federal office are held; and (D) Any date described in subparagraph (C) as a legal public holiday under such section. To provide information to the States and the Congress on the feasibility and advisability of using alternative days, times, and places to conduct Federal elections, the EAC seeks to survey voters to better understand their motivations and perceptions of impediments to voting. The survey will provide insights into the public’s perceptions of particular aspects of the voting process. Affected Public: U.S. citizens and residents of Puerto Rico. Number of Respondents: 3,000. Responses per Respondent: 1. Estimated Burden Per Response: .25 hours. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 750. Frequency: Once. Information will be collected through a statistically valid survey of 3,000 U.S. PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 28037 citizens and residents of Puerto Rico to determine how they either do respond to alternative voting methods (if in a state that offers them) or would respond to alternative voting methods (if in a state that does not allow them). This survey will be representative of the 50 U.S. states and Puerto Rico. The topics that will be explored include, but are not limited to: a. Voting by mail. b. Voting at consolidated polling center. c. Voting online. d. Voting earlier/later on Election Day. e. Voting on weekend day. f. Voting on day other than first Tuesday in November. g. Making the day on which Federal elections are held a Federal holiday. h. No alternative voting method, prefer status quo. The survey will gather data regarding each respondent’s background. Background information will include, but is not limited to: (1) Respondents’ voter registration history, (2) respondents’ voting history, and (3) standard demographic questions covering age, ethnicity, education, employment status, and income bracket. Thomas R. Wilkey, Executive Director, U.S. Election Assistance Commission. [FR Doc. 07–2464 Filed 5–17–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6820–KF–M ELECTION ASSISTANCE COMMISSION Information Collection Activity; Survey of Registered Voters—Study of the Feasibility and Advisability of Establishing a Program of Free Return or Reduced Postage for Absentee Ballots U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC). ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The U.S. Election Assistance Commission has submitted the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on January 23, 2007, at 72 FR 2875. The notice allowed for a 60-day public comment period. Only one comment was received on this information collection during that time period, and changes were made to the collection instrument to improve and clarify the data being collected, E:\FR\FM\18MYN1.SGM 18MYN1

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ELECTION ASSISTANCE COMMISSION


Information Collection Activity; Focus Groups--Study of the 
Feasibility and Advisability of Establishing a Program of Free Return 
or Reduced Postage for Absentee Ballots

AGENCY: U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC).

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Election Assistance Commission has submitted the 
following information collection request to the Office of Management 
and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance in accordance with the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The information collection was 
previously published in the Federal Register on November 14, 2006, at 
71 FR 66321. The notice allowed for a 60-day public comment period. Two 
comments were received on this information collection during that time 
period, and as a result the number of focus groups was increased from 
three to nine. In addition, each selected group will now have one focus 
group from an urban, rural, and suburban location to ensure the 
diversity of responses and participants. The purpose of this notice is 
to allow an additional 30 days for public comments. Comments are 
encouraged and will be accepted until June 18, 2007. This process is 
conducted in accordance with 5 CFR 1320.10. Comments are invited on: 
(a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the 
proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether 
the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the 
agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; 
(c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the 
information collection on respondents, including through the use of 
automated collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before June 18, 2007.

ADDRESSES: Written comments and recommendations on the proposed 
information collection should be sent to:
    OMB Review: Alexander T. Hunt, Office of Management and Budget, 
Room 10235, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503, (202) 
395-7316.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request more information on this 
proposed information collection or to obtain a copy of the proposal and 
associated collection instruments, please, write to the above address 
or call Ms. Karen Lynn-Dyson at (202) 566-3100.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Study of the Feasibility and 
Advisability of Establishing a Program of Free Return or Reduced 
Postage for Absentee Ballots--Focus Groups.
    OMB Number: Pending.
    Type of Review: Regular submission.
    Needs and Uses: Section 246 of the Help America Vote Act requires 
the Election Assistance Commission (EAC), in consultation with the 
United States Postal Service, to conduct a study on the feasibility and 
advisability of establishing a program under which the U.S. Postal 
Service shall waive or otherwise reduce the amount of postage 
applicable with respect to absentee ballots returned by voters in 
general elections for Federal Office. This study does not address the 
cost to the U.S. Postal Service for free postage for sending absentee 
ballots but may consider costs to election officials that are related 
to implementing such a program including the costs of sending absentee 
ballots to voters. It also does not include consideration of the 39 
U.S.C. 3406 provisions for the mailing of balloting materials for 
military and overseas absentee voters.
    As part of the study the Commission is directed to conduct a 
nationwide survey of potential beneficiaries, including the elderly and 
disabled, and to take into account the results of this survey in 
determining the feasibility and advisability of establishing such a 
program. This survey will be supplemented by focus groups among 
potential beneficiaries--elderly, disabled, low-income--to obtain more 
specific information on the challenges these populations face when 
participating in election and to assess the potential benefit these 
populations might receive from a program of free return or reduced 
postage for absentee ballots. At the conclusion of the study effort, 
EAC is required to submit a report to Congress with recommendations for 
such legislative and administrative action as EAC determines 
appropriate. The report shall contain an analysis of the feasibility of 
implementing such a program and an estimate of the costs. It is 
required to specifically contain recommendations regarding the elderly 
and disabled populations, including ways a free absentee ballot return 
postage program would target these populations and identify methods to 
increase the number or such individuals who vote in elections for 
Federal office.
    Affected Public: Citizens.
    Number of Respondents: 108.
    Responses per Respondent: 1.
    Estimated Burden Per Response: 1.25 hours; focus groups will last 
no longer than 1.25 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 135 hours.
    Information will be collected through a series of nine focus groups 
comprised of potential beneficiaries of a free and/or discounted 
absentee ballot postage program. Three (3) focus groups will be 
dedicated to issues confronting the elderly population, three (3) focus 
groups will be dedicated to issues confronting disabled people and 
three (3) focus groups will be dedicated to issues confronting the low-
income citizens. An official from the United States Postal Service will 
observe at least one of the planned focus groups. The topics that will 
be explored included:
    1. The challenges that the particular population faces when 
participating in elections.
    a. Information on respondents' previous experiences with voting in 
Federal elections. Information on any difficulties encountered in the 
process of voting and how the issues were resolved.
    2. The concerns members of the particular population have about 
voting (e.g. voter intimidation, voter confidentiality, security, use 
of ballots).
    a. Information on particular incidents that has prevented 
respondent from being able to vote.
    3. The possible remedies to those challenges that would likely 
increase the rates of voter participation in the population (e.g. 
relaxed absentee voting laws, better accessibility to polling places, 
voter education).
    a. Information on respondents' interest in absentee ballot voting.
    4. The likelihood that a free or discounted absentee ballot postage 
program would assist the particular population.
    a. Information on respondents' interest in a program of free or 
discounted postage for absentee ballots.
    5. How the program could possibility by implemented to target the 
particular population.
    a. Information on creating and implementing the program to ensure 
that it benefits the particular population.

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    6. The factors that would make reaching the particular population 
difficult.
    a. Information on advertising such a program to the particular 
population so that they can take advantage of the change.

Thomas R. Wilkey,
Executive Director, U.S. Election Assistant Commission.
[FR Doc. 07-2463 Filed 5-17-07; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 6820-KF-M