Information Collection Activity; Study of Voter Hotlines Operated by Election Offices, 28038-28039 [07-2466]

Download as PDF pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES 28038 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 96 / Friday, May 18, 2007 / Notices including six new questions. 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, 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—Survey of Registered Voters. OMB Number: Pending. Type of Review: Regular submission. Needs and Uses: Sec. 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 of 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 VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:06 May 17, 2007 Jkt 211001 of balloting materials for military and overseas absentee voters. As part of the study the Commission is directed to conduct a 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. 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. Affected Public: U.S. Citizens. Number of Respondents: 1,200. Responses per Respondent: 1. Estimated Burden per Response: .25 hours. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 300 hours. Information will be collected through a survey of U.S. citizens to determine the possible effect that a free and/or reduced cost absentee ballot postage program would have on voter participation. The sample will be designed in such a way so as to afford analysis of the results according to significant sub-groups including those living in states with high versus low rates of absentee voting and states with restrictive versus states with laws favoring absentee voting. The surveys will be representative of the U.S. population in the fifty U.S. states and will be conducted by phone using random digit dialing (RDD) technology. Within each contacted household, a respondent will be selected among all adults in the household aged 18 years and older. The following information will be requested from each respondent. 1. Background Information The survey will gather data regarding each respondent’s background. Background information will include, the respondent’s location, the location of the respondent’s voter registration, age, ethnicity, education, income bracket, whether the respondent is living with a disability, and whether the respondent is currently an active-duty member of the armed forces (or a dependent thereof). 2. Voting Information The survey will gather data regarding the respondent’s voting history. Voting information will include, registration status, whether the respondent voted in the 2006 Congressional election, whether the respondent voted in the 2004 Presidential election, whether the respondent voted in the 2000 PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Presidential election, the method the respondent voted in past elections (in person, by mail, absentee), whether the respondent is eligible to vote absentee (or whether the respondent does not know). 3. Program Effect The survey will gather data from all respondents regarding the various effects that the establishment of this program would have on the targeted citizens. Questions on the program will cover (1) Whether the program will increase the likelihood that the respondent would use the absentee ballot process; (2) whether the program will increase the likelihood that the respondent would vote in a federal election; (3) whether the program will make it easier for the voter to participate in elections. Thomas R. Wilkey, Executive Director, U.S. Election Assistance Commission. [FR Doc. 07–2465 Filed 5–17–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6820–KF–M ELECTION ASSISTANCE COMMISSION Information Collection Activity; Study of Voter Hotlines Operated by Election Offices U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC). ACTION: Notice; 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 February 7, 2007, at 72 FR 5682. No comments were received during the 60-day public comment period; changes were made to collection instrument to improve and clarify the data being collected, including three new questions. 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 E:\FR\FM\18MYN1.SGM 18MYN1 pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 96 / Friday, May 18, 2007 / Notices 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 must be sent to: OMB Reviewer: 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) 5663100. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Study of Voter Hotlines Operated by Election Offices. OMB Number: Pending. Type of Review: Regular submission. Needs and Uses: Section 241(b)(9) of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) requires the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) to periodically study election administration issues, including methods of educating voters about the process of registering to vote and voting, the operation of voting mechanisms, the location of polling places, and all other aspects of participating in elections. Furthermore, Section 245(a)(2)(C) of HAVA indicates that the EAC may investigate the impact new communications or Internet technology systems used in the electoral process could have on voter participation rates, voter education, and public accessibility. In 2005, the EAC undertook a research study of voter hotline data available online to determine trends. A voter hotline was defined as a toll-free line that connects voters with elections offices, which then disseminate information and educate voters. The EAC found several hotlines in operation during the 2004 Presidential election, and their sponsorship and capabilities varied to a great degree. To build on and augment these research findings, the EAC wishes to conduct a study to determine the current state of voter information hotlines that are operated by Federal, State, and local election offices. Affected Public: Federal, State, and local election offices. Estimated Number of Respondents: 1937. Responses per Respondent: 1. VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:06 May 17, 2007 Jkt 211001 Estimated Burden per Response: .5 hours. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 968.5 hours. Information will be collected through a survey of existing hotline services operated by Federal, State, and local government agencies and election offices during the 2006 primary and general elections. The data collected will include information on voter hotlines operated by election offices and their features, including, but not limited to: 1. Basic Information. Hotline hours of operation, type of information available through the hotline, automated or nonautomated service, links to other sources of voting information. 2. Costs. Breakdown of cost based on volume, cost of database maintenance per record, and all personnel and administrative costs of the service. 3. Features. Important factors include, but are not limited to: (1) Languages used, (2) disability-compliant features, (3) touch tone and voice services, (4) voice response options, and (5) ability for interactivity with additional databases (for example interactivity with a voter registration database). 4. Network Capacity. Number of calls capable of being routed per hour and the number of incoming calls that can be received. 5. Call Tracking. How calls are logged or tracked, how they are routed, and the types or categories of calls received. 6. Hotline personnel. Number of hotline operators and methods by which hotline operators are trained, the frequency of their training and how they are monitored for accuracy, currency, security, and other critical performance variables. 7. Methods by which the network operator maintains the accuracy and currency of the data. Important factors include, but are not limited to how regularly updates are made and qualitycontrol procedures. 8. Maintenance agreements with service providers. Percentage of hotlines that outsource all or part of the Hotline, and experiences working with contractors? 9. Timelines for database creation, contractor integration, and final testing before launch. 10. Security measures to ensure that data in the call-routing network is confidential. 11. Other information such as: Who the intended audience is; demographic, political and socioeconomic information of the community served; cost of publicizing the service and effectiveness of various publicity methods; and lessons learned. PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 28039 A report on the key findings of the study, along with recommendations for the development and implementation of voter hotlines, will be made available to election officials and the public at the conclusion of this effort.The report will include a state-by-state compendium of the existing voter hotlines and their features. The report will be made available on the EAC Web site at http://www.eac.gov. Signed: Thomas R. Wilkey, Executive Director, U.S. Election Assistance Commission. [FR Doc. 07–2466 Filed 7–17–07; 8:45am] BILLING CODE 6820–KF–M DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. CP07–380–000] Avista Corporation; Notice of Abbreviated Application for Order Authorizing Abandonment of Limited Jurisdiction Certificates May 14, 2007. On May 7, 2007, Avista Corporation (Avista Corp) filed an abbreviated application pursuant to section 7(b) of the Natural Gas Act (NGA), and part 157 of the Commission’s Rules and Regulations, requesting authorization to abandon limited jurisdiction certificates of public convenience and necessity, originally issued in 1983 and 1990, under which Terasen Gas and Cascade Natural Gas Corporation temporarily used a portion of Avista Corp’s storage capacity and deliverability at the Jackson Prairie Storage Project. Any person desiring to intervene or to protest this filing must file in accordance with Rules 211 and 214 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (18 CFR 385.211 and 385.214). Protests will be considered by the Commission in determining the appropriate action to be taken, but will not serve to make protestants parties to the proceeding. Any person wishing to become a party must file a notice of intervention or motion to intervene, as appropriate. Such notices, motions, or protests must be filed on or before the date as indicated below. Anyone filing an intervention or protest must serve a copy of that document on the Applicant. Anyone filing an intervention or protest on or before the intervention or protest date need not serve motions to intervene or protests on persons other than the Applicant. E:\FR\FM\18MYN1.SGM 18MYN1

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ELECTION ASSISTANCE COMMISSION


Information Collection Activity; Study of Voter Hotlines Operated 
by Election Offices

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

ACTION: Notice; 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 February 7, 2007, at 72 
FR 5682. No comments were received during the 60-day public comment 
period; changes were made to collection instrument to improve and 
clarify the data being collected, including three new questions. 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

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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 must be sent to:
    OMB Reviewer: 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 Voter Hotlines Operated by Election Offices.
    OMB Number: Pending.
    Type of Review: Regular submission.
    Needs and Uses: Section 241(b)(9) of the Help America Vote Act 
(HAVA) requires the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) to 
periodically study election administration issues, including methods of 
educating voters about the process of registering to vote and voting, 
the operation of voting mechanisms, the location of polling places, and 
all other aspects of participating in elections. Furthermore, Section 
245(a)(2)(C) of HAVA indicates that the EAC may investigate the impact 
new communications or Internet technology systems used in the electoral 
process could have on voter participation rates, voter education, and 
public accessibility. In 2005, the EAC undertook a research study of 
voter hotline data available online to determine trends. A voter 
hotline was defined as a toll-free line that connects voters with 
elections offices, which then disseminate information and educate 
voters. The EAC found several hotlines in operation during the 2004 
Presidential election, and their sponsorship and capabilities varied to 
a great degree. To build on and augment these research findings, the 
EAC wishes to conduct a study to determine the current state of voter 
information hotlines that are operated by Federal, State, and local 
election offices.
    Affected Public: Federal, State, and local election offices.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 1937.
    Responses per Respondent: 1.
    Estimated Burden per Response: .5 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 968.5 hours.
    Information will be collected through a survey of existing hotline 
services operated by Federal, State, and local government agencies and 
election offices during the 2006 primary and general elections. The 
data collected will include information on voter hotlines operated by 
election offices and their features, including, but not limited to:
    1. Basic Information. Hotline hours of operation, type of 
information available through the hotline, automated or non-automated 
service, links to other sources of voting information.
    2. Costs. Breakdown of cost based on volume, cost of database 
maintenance per record, and all personnel and administrative costs of 
the service.
    3. Features. Important factors include, but are not limited to: (1) 
Languages used, (2) disability-compliant features, (3) touch tone and 
voice services, (4) voice response options, and (5) ability for 
interactivity with additional databases (for example interactivity with 
a voter registration database).
    4. Network Capacity. Number of calls capable of being routed per 
hour and the number of incoming calls that can be received.
    5. Call Tracking. How calls are logged or tracked, how they are 
routed, and the types or categories of calls received.
    6. Hotline personnel. Number of hotline operators and methods by 
which hotline operators are trained, the frequency of their training 
and how they are monitored for accuracy, currency, security, and other 
critical performance variables.
    7. Methods by which the network operator maintains the accuracy and 
currency of the data. Important factors include, but are not limited to 
how regularly updates are made and quality-control procedures.
    8. Maintenance agreements with service providers. Percentage of 
hotlines that outsource all or part of the Hotline, and experiences 
working with contractors?
    9. Timelines for database creation, contractor integration, and 
final testing before launch.
    10. Security measures to ensure that data in the call-routing 
network is confidential.
    11. Other information such as: Who the intended audience is; 
demographic, political and socioeconomic information of the community 
served; cost of publicizing the service and effectiveness of various 
publicity methods; and lessons learned.
    A report on the key findings of the study, along with 
recommendations for the development and implementation of voter 
hotlines, will be made available to election officials and the public 
at the conclusion of this effort.The report will include a state-by-
state compendium of the existing voter hotlines and their features. The 
report will be made available on the EAC Web site at http://
www.eac.gov.

    Signed:
Thomas R. Wilkey,
Executive Director, U.S. Election Assistance Commission.
[FR Doc. 07-2466 Filed 7-17-07; 8:45am]
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