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WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) made the following statement today in response to EAC Commissioner Raymond Martinez’s announcement of his resignation from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.
“I was disappointed to learn today that Commissioner Ray Martinez will be leaving the Election Assistance Commission, effective June 30th.
“When the Help America Vote Act of 2002 was being drafted, my cosponsors and I knew, when we were developing the Election Assistance Commission, that the success of this new federal agency would depend on the quality of the people appointed to lead it.
“Although I had extraordinarily high expectations for the commissioners when they took office in 2003, Ray has consistently exceeded them. Ray has been a voice of reason and fount of wisdom in one of the most complicated and controversial areas of American politics, the administration of elections.
“Ray’s professionalism, integrity, and expertise have been real assets to the EAC in its infant years, and have enabled the agency to develop a strong, constructive relationship with state and local election officials, not an easy task given that for almost 220 years the federal government had virtually no involvement in the administration of elections.
“Most important, Ray’s leadership has increased voters’ faith in the integrity of elections in our nation. Although much remains to be done to bring our election system into the 21st century, Ray helped set a course that has already begun to bear fruit in state and local elections.
“I wish Ray and his family nothing but happiness and success as they plan to return to Austin, Texas. I also thank Ray for his exemplary service to his nation and urge the White House to move quickly to nominate a successor who will continue where Ray is leaving off.”