Promoting Access to Voting, 32026-32027 [2021-12619]

Download as PDF 32026 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 114 / Wednesday, June 16, 2021 / Notices Copies of CINTAC meeting minutes will be available within 90 days of the meeting. Dated: June 10, 2021. Man Cho, Deputy Director, Office of Energy and Environmental Industries. [FR Doc. 2021–12602 Filed 6–15–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DR–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration U.S. Department of Commerce Trade Finance Advisory Council International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice of an open meeting. AGENCY: The U.S. Department of Commerce Trade Finance Advisory Council (TFAC or the Council) will hold a virtual meeting on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. The meeting is open to the public with registration instructions provided below. DATES: Tuesday, July 13, 2021, from approximately 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). The deadline for members of the public to register, including requests to make comments during the meeting and for auxiliary aids, or to submit written comments for dissemination prior to the meeting, is 5:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, July 8, 2021. Registration, comments, and any auxiliary aid requests should be submitted via email to Patrick.Zimet@ trade.gov. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held virtually via WebEx video conferencing. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patrick Zimet, Designated Federal Officer, Office of Finance and Insurance Industries (OFII), International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce at (202) 306–9474; email: Patrick.Zimet@trade.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: Background The TFAC was originally chartered on August 11, 2016, pursuant to discretionary authority and in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, 5 U.S.C. App., and was most recently rechartered on August 7, 2020. The TFAC serves as the principal advisory body to the Secretary of Commerce on policy matters relating to access to trade finance for U.S. exporters, including small- and medium-sized enterprises, and their foreign buyers. The TFAC is VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:27 Jun 15, 2021 Jkt 253001 the sole mechanism by which the Department of Commerce (the Department) convenes private sector stakeholders to identify and develop consensus-based solutions to trade finance challenges. The Council is comprised of a diverse group of stakeholders from the trade finance industry and the U.S. exporting community, as well as experts from academia and public policy organizations. On Tuesday, July 13, 2021, the TFAC will hold the first meeting of its 2020– 2022 charter term. During the meeting, members will discuss with officials from the Department of Commerce and other agencies current challenges and opportunities to increase access to export financing resources for U.S. exporters. They will also establish priorities, the subcommittees’ structure, and milestones for the successful development of recommendations. Meeting minutes will be available within 90 days of the meeting upon request or on the TFAC’s website at https://www.trade.gov/about-us/tradefinance-advisory-council-tfac. Public Participation The meeting will be open to the public and there will be limited time permitted for public comments. Members of the public seeking to attend the meeting, or for consideration of any written comments, are required to register in advance by the deadline identified under the DATES caption. Requests for participation at the meeting or for sign language interpretation and other auxiliary aids should be submitted electronically to TFAC@trade.gov. Last minute requests will be accepted but may not be possible to accommodate. Members of the public may submit written comments concerning TFAC affairs at any time before or after a meeting. Comments may be submitted to Patrick Zimet, at the contact information indicated above. All comments and statements received, including attachments and other supporting materials, are part of the public record and subject to public disclosure. Alysha Taylor, Sr. Advisor, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Services. [FR Doc. 2021–12645 Filed 6–15–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Institute of Standards and Technology [Docket Number: 210608–0123] Promoting Access to Voting National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of Commerce. ACTION: Request for information. AGENCY: Based on the requirements of E.O. 14019, Promoting Access to Voting, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking information about barriers to private and independent voting for people with disabilities. NIST, in consultation with the Department of Justice, the Election Assistance Commission, and other agencies, as appropriate, will analyze barriers, including access to voter registration, voting technology, voting by mail, polling locations, and poll worker training. Responses to this Request for Information (RFI) will inform NIST’s development of recommendations. SUMMARY: Comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on July 16, 2021. Written comments in response to the RFI should be submitted according to the instructions in the ADDRESSES and SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION sections below. Submissions received after that date may not be considered. ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: • Electronic submission: Submit electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. 1. Go to www.regulations.gov and enter NIST–2021–0003 in the search field, 2. Click the ‘‘Comment Now!’’ icon, complete the required fields, and 3. Enter or attach your comments. • Email: Comments in electronic form may also be sent to pva-eo@list.nist.gov in any of the following formats: HTML; ASCII; Word; RTF; or PDF. Please submit comments only and include your name, organization’s name (if any), and cite ‘‘Promoting Access to Voting’’ in all correspondence. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions about this RFI contact: Kevin Mangold, NIST, at (301) 975–5628, or email Kevin.Mangold@nist.gov. Please direct media inquiries to NIST’s Office of Public Affairs at (301) 975–2762. Users of telecommunication devices for the deaf, or a text telephone, may call the Federal Relay Service, toll free at 1– 800–877–8339. DATES: E:\FR\FM\16JNN1.SGM 16JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 114 / Wednesday, June 16, 2021 / Notices jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Accessible Format: On request to the program contact person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT, NIST will make the RFI available in alternate formats, such as Braille or large print, upon request by persons with disabilities. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: As stated in Executive Order 14019, Promoting Access to Voting,1 the right to vote is the foundation of American democracy. Under section 7 of Executive Order 14019, (Ensuring Equal Access for Voters with Disabilities), NIST is directed to evaluate the steps needed to ensure that the online Federal Voter Registration Form is accessible to people with disabilities. This RFI outlines the information NIST is seeking from the public to inform the development of recommendations regarding both the Federal Voter Registration Form and other barriers it has identified that prevent people with disabilities from exercising their fundamental rights and the ability to vote privately and independently. Request for Information The following statements are not intended to limit the topics that may be addressed. Responses may include any topic believed to have implications for the development of recommendations to promoting access to voting for people with disabilities, regardless of whether the topic is included in this document. All relevant responses that comply with the requirements listed in the DATES and ADDRESSES sections of this RFI and set forth below will be considered. Comments containing references, studies, research, and other empirical data that are not widely published should include copies of the referenced materials. All submissions, including attachments and other supporting materials, will become part of the public record and subject to public disclosure. NIST reserves the right to publish relevant comments publicly, unedited and in their entirety. All relevant comments received in response to the RFI will be made publicly available at https://www.nist.gov/itl/pva and at regulations.gov. Personally identifiable information (PII), such as street addresses, phone numbers, account numbers or Social Security numbers, or names of other individuals, should not be included. NIST asks commenters to avoid including PII as NIST has no plans to redact PII from comments. Do not submit confidential business 1 Exec. Order No. 14019, Promoting Access to Voting, 86 FR 13623 (Mar. 7, 2021). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:27 Jun 15, 2021 Jkt 253001 information, or otherwise sensitive or protected information. Comments that contain profanity, vulgarity, threats, or other inappropriate language or content will not be considered. NIST requests that commenters, to the best of their ability, only submit attachments that are accessible to people who rely upon assistive technology. A good resource for document accessibility can be found at: section508.gov/create/documents. NIST is seeking the following information from voting technology vendors, election officials, persons with disabilities, disability advocacy groups, assistive technology vendors and professionals, non-partisan voting promotion groups, and other key stakeholders for the purpose of gathering information to foster greater voter access for people with disabilities: 1. Describe concerns regarding accessing the right to vote privately and independently for people with disabilities. 2. Describe effective strategies, techniques, and technologies for addressing the barriers faced by voters with disabilities throughout the voting process. 3. Describe barriers that people with disabilities encounter in getting useful information about the voting process. 4. Describe barriers that people with disabilities encounter with ballots, and in getting useful information about the items on the ballot. 5. Provide recommendations for improving voter access for people with disabilities. 6. Identify what has had the most impact enabling people with disabilities to vote privately and independently. 7. Identify gaps that remain in making voting accessible to people with disabilities. 8. Describe barriers that people with disabilities encounter with completing online forms for the voting process. 9. Describe barriers that people with disabilities encounter in getting useful information about their eligibility to vote. 10. Describe barriers that people with disabilities encounter with registering to vote. 11. Describe barriers that people with disabilities encounter using technology for the registration or voting process, whether online, in person, or via mail. 12. Describe the availability of accessible voting equipment. 13. Describe barriers that people with disabilities encounter with voting by mail. 14. Describe security considerations relevant to existing and potential technologies used by people with disabilities in the voting process. PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 32027 15. Describe barriers that people with disabilities face at polling locations. 16. Describe the accessibility of polling places. 17. Identify areas where poll worker training can address barriers experienced by people with disabilities. 18. Identify areas where clearer or better policies can address barriers experienced by people with disabilities. 19. Describe any barriers that people with disabilities face to voting that disproportionately impact communities of color, persons who live in rural areas; and persons otherwise adversely affected by persistent poverty or inequality. 20. Of the concerns and barriers noted, identify the most serious and impactful barriers faced by voters with disabilities throughout the voting process. Authority: Exec. Order No. 14019, Promoting Access to Voting, 86 FR 13623 (Mar. 7, 2021). Alicia Chambers, NIST Executive Secretariat. [FR Doc. 2021–12619 Filed 6–15–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–13–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [RTID 0648–XB127] Fishing Capacity Reduction Program for the Southeast Alaska Purse Seine Salmon Fishery National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Commerce. ACTION: Notice that the 2021 season fee rates will not change. AGENCY: NMFS performs an annual evaluation of the Southeast Alaska Purse Seine Salmon Fishing Capacity Reduction (Buyback) Loans. Our analysis reveals Loan A (or BBSA– 001A) is currently ahead of schedule and Loan B (or BBSA–001B) is 2 years, or approximately $410,000, behind its scheduled amortization. Due to the impact of the Covid–19 pandemic, NMFS has determined it is in the best interest of the fishery to keep the annual Buyback fee rates for both Loan A and Loan B at 1 percent for 2021. Maintaining the current fee rates will minimally impact Loan A and Loan B will receive approximately $30,000 more than the scheduled annual amortized amount. The 2021 fishing season runs from June 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\16JNN1.SGM 16JNN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Institute of Standards and Technology

[Docket Number: 210608-0123]


Promoting Access to Voting

AGENCY: National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of 
Commerce.

ACTION: Request for information.

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SUMMARY: Based on the requirements of E.O. 14019, Promoting Access to 
Voting, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is 
seeking information about barriers to private and independent voting 
for people with disabilities. NIST, in consultation with the Department 
of Justice, the Election Assistance Commission, and other agencies, as 
appropriate, will analyze barriers, including access to voter 
registration, voting technology, voting by mail, polling locations, and 
poll worker training. Responses to this Request for Information (RFI) 
will inform NIST's development of recommendations.

DATES: Comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on July 16, 
2021. Written comments in response to the RFI should be submitted 
according to the instructions in the ADDRESSES and SUPPLEMENTARY 
INFORMATION sections below. Submissions received after that date may 
not be considered.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods:
     Electronic submission: Submit electronic public comments 
via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal.
    1. Go to www.regulations.gov and enter NIST-2021-0003 in the search 
field,
    2. Click the ``Comment Now!'' icon, complete the required fields, 
and
    3. Enter or attach your comments.
     Email: Comments in electronic form may also be sent to 
[email protected] in any of the following formats: HTML; ASCII; 
Word; RTF; or PDF.
    Please submit comments only and include your name, organization's 
name (if any), and cite ``Promoting Access to Voting'' in all 
correspondence.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions about this RFI contact: 
Kevin Mangold, NIST, at (301) 975-5628, or email 
[email protected]. Please direct media inquiries to NIST's Office 
of Public Affairs at (301) 975-2762. Users of telecommunication devices 
for the deaf, or a text telephone, may call the Federal Relay Service, 
toll free at 1-800-877-8339.

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    Accessible Format: On request to the program contact person listed 
under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT, NIST will make the RFI available 
in alternate formats, such as Braille or large print, upon request by 
persons with disabilities.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: As stated in Executive Order 14019, 
Promoting Access to Voting,\1\ the right to vote is the foundation of 
American democracy. Under section 7 of Executive Order 14019, (Ensuring 
Equal Access for Voters with Disabilities), NIST is directed to 
evaluate the steps needed to ensure that the online Federal Voter 
Registration Form is accessible to people with disabilities.
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    \1\ Exec. Order No. 14019, Promoting Access to Voting, 86 FR 
13623 (Mar. 7, 2021).
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    This RFI outlines the information NIST is seeking from the public 
to inform the development of recommendations regarding both the Federal 
Voter Registration Form and other barriers it has identified that 
prevent people with disabilities from exercising their fundamental 
rights and the ability to vote privately and independently.

Request for Information

    The following statements are not intended to limit the topics that 
may be addressed. Responses may include any topic believed to have 
implications for the development of recommendations to promoting access 
to voting for people with disabilities, regardless of whether the topic 
is included in this document. All relevant responses that comply with 
the requirements listed in the DATES and ADDRESSES sections of this RFI 
and set forth below will be considered.
    Comments containing references, studies, research, and other 
empirical data that are not widely published should include copies of 
the referenced materials. All submissions, including attachments and 
other supporting materials, will become part of the public record and 
subject to public disclosure. NIST reserves the right to publish 
relevant comments publicly, unedited and in their entirety. All 
relevant comments received in response to the RFI will be made publicly 
available at https://www.nist.gov/itl/pva and at regulations.gov.
    Personally identifiable information (PII), such as street 
addresses, phone numbers, account numbers or Social Security numbers, 
or names of other individuals, should not be included. NIST asks 
commenters to avoid including PII as NIST has no plans to redact PII 
from comments. Do not submit confidential business information, or 
otherwise sensitive or protected information. Comments that contain 
profanity, vulgarity, threats, or other inappropriate language or 
content will not be considered. NIST requests that commenters, to the 
best of their ability, only submit attachments that are accessible to 
people who rely upon assistive technology. A good resource for document 
accessibility can be found at: section508.gov/create/documents.
    NIST is seeking the following information from voting technology 
vendors, election officials, persons with disabilities, disability 
advocacy groups, assistive technology vendors and professionals, non-
partisan voting promotion groups, and other key stakeholders for the 
purpose of gathering information to foster greater voter access for 
people with disabilities:
    1. Describe concerns regarding accessing the right to vote 
privately and independently for people with disabilities.
    2. Describe effective strategies, techniques, and technologies for 
addressing the barriers faced by voters with disabilities throughout 
the voting process.
    3. Describe barriers that people with disabilities encounter in 
getting useful information about the voting process.
    4. Describe barriers that people with disabilities encounter with 
ballots, and in getting useful information about the items on the 
ballot.
    5. Provide recommendations for improving voter access for people 
with disabilities.
    6. Identify what has had the most impact enabling people with 
disabilities to vote privately and independently.
    7. Identify gaps that remain in making voting accessible to people 
with disabilities.
    8. Describe barriers that people with disabilities encounter with 
completing online forms for the voting process.
    9. Describe barriers that people with disabilities encounter in 
getting useful information about their eligibility to vote.
    10. Describe barriers that people with disabilities encounter with 
registering to vote.
    11. Describe barriers that people with disabilities encounter using 
technology for the registration or voting process, whether online, in 
person, or via mail.
    12. Describe the availability of accessible voting equipment.
    13. Describe barriers that people with disabilities encounter with 
voting by mail.
    14. Describe security considerations relevant to existing and 
potential technologies used by people with disabilities in the voting 
process.
    15. Describe barriers that people with disabilities face at polling 
locations.
    16. Describe the accessibility of polling places.
    17. Identify areas where poll worker training can address barriers 
experienced by people with disabilities.
    18. Identify areas where clearer or better policies can address 
barriers experienced by people with disabilities.
    19. Describe any barriers that people with disabilities face to 
voting that disproportionately impact communities of color, persons who 
live in rural areas; and persons otherwise adversely affected by 
persistent poverty or inequality.
    20. Of the concerns and barriers noted, identify the most serious 
and impactful barriers faced by voters with disabilities throughout the 
voting process.

    Authority: Exec. Order No. 14019, Promoting Access to Voting, 86 
FR 13623 (Mar. 7, 2021).

Alicia Chambers,
NIST Executive Secretariat.
[FR Doc. 2021-12619 Filed 6-15-21; 8:45 am]
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