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Information Collection Activity; Study of Alternative Voting Methods
Document Number: 07-27
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-09
Agency: Election Assistance Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The EAC, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on a proposed information collection. 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, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (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. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarizeed and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record.
Sunshine Act Notice
Document Number: 07-21
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-01-08
Agency: Election Assistance Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Notice
Document Number: 06-9822
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-21
Agency: Election Assistance Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Technical Guidelines Development Committee (the ``Development Committee'') was established to act in the public interest to assist the Executive Director of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) in the development of voluntary voting system guidelines. The Committee held their first plenary meeting on July 9, 2004. At this meeting, the Development Committee agreed to a resolution forming three working groups: (1) Human Factors & Privacy; (2) Security & Transparency; and (3) Core Requirements & Testing to gather and analyze information on relevant issues. These working subcommittees propose resolutions to the TGDC on best practices, specifications and standards. Specifically, NIST staff and Committee members will meet via the above scheduled teleconferences to review and discuss progress on tasks defined in resolutions passed at Development Committee plenary meetings. The resolutions define technical work tasks for NIST that will assist the Committee in developing recommendations for voluntary voting system guidelines. The Committee met in its seventh plenary session on December 4-5, 2007. Documents and transcriptions of Committee proceedings are available at: http:// vote.nist.gov/PublicHearingsandMeetings.html.
Procedural Manual for the Election Assistance Commission's Voting System Testing and Certification Program
Document Number: 06-9751
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-20
Agency: Election Assistance Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) is publishing a procedural manual for its Voting System Testing and Certification Program. This program sets the administrative procedures for obtaining an EAC Certification for voting systems. Participation in the program is strictly voluntary. The program is mandated by the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) at 42 U.S.C. 15371.
Sunshine Act Notice
Document Number: 06-9547
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-05
Agency: Election Assistance Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Notice
Document Number: 06-9311
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-11-20
Agency: Election Assistance Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Notice
Document Number: 06-9310
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-11-20
Agency: Election Assistance Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Technical Guidelines Development Committee (the ``Development Committee'') has scheduled a plenary meeting for December 4th & 5th, 2006. The Committee was established to act in the public interest to assist the Executive Director of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) in the development of voluntary voting system guidelines. The Development Committee held previous meetings on July 9, 2004; January 18 and 19, 2005; March 9, 2005; April 20 and 21, 2005; September 29, 2005 and March 29, 2006. The purpose of the seventh meeting of the Development Committee will be to review and approve draft documents that will form the bases for recommendations for future voluntary voting system guidelines to the EAC. The draft documents respond to tasks defined in resolutions passed at previous Technical Guideline Development Committee meetings.
Information Collection; Study of the Feasibility and Advisability of Establishing a Program of Free Return or Reduced Postage for Absentee Ballots-Focus Groups
Document Number: 06-9191
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-11-14
Agency: Election Assistance Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The EAC, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on a proposed information collection. 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, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (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. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record.
Information Collection Activity; Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 06-8967
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-31
Agency: Election Assistance Commission, Agencies and Commissions
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 August 1, 2006, at 71 FR 43477. The notice allowed for a 60-day public comment period. Fourteen comments were received on this information collection, and modifications were made to improve and clarify the information collection based on those comments. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comments. Comments are encouraged and will be accepted until November 27, 2006. 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.
Sunshine Act Notice; Meeting
Document Number: 06-8645
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-11
Agency: Election Assistance Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Request for Substantive Comments on Procedural Manual for the Election Assistance Commission's Voting System Testing and Certification Program; Proposed Information Collection: Request for Comments on Information Collection Burden; U.S. EAC Voting System Testing and Certification Program
Document Number: 06-8375
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-02
Agency: Election Assistance Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The EAC has drafted a procedural manual for its Voting System Testing and Certification Program. This program sets administrative procedures for obtaining an EAC Certification for voting systems. Participation in the program is strictly voluntary. The program is mandated by 42 U.S.C. Sec. 15371. The purpose of this notice is twofold: (1) To request public comment on the substantive aspects of the program (2) to request public comment on the proposed collection of information pursuant to the emergency processing provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act as submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). (1) Substantive Comments: The EAC seeks substantive comments from the public on its proposed procedural manual. Please submit comments consistent with the information below. Comments should identify and cite the section of the manual at issue. Where a substantive issue is raised, please propose a recommended change or alternative policy. This publication and request for comment is not required under the rulemaking, adjudicative or licensing provisions of the Administrative Procedures Act (APA). It is a voluntary effort by the EAC to gather input from the public on the EAC's administrative procedures for certifying or decertifying voting systems. Furthermore, this request by the EAC for public comment is not intended to make any of the APA's rulemaking provisions applicable to development of this or future EAC procedural programs.
Publication of State Plan Pursuant to the Help America Vote Act
Document Number: 06-7933
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-28
Agency: Election Assistance Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to sections 254(a)(11)(A) and 255(b) of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), Public Law 107-252, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) hereby causes to be published in the Federal Register material changes to the HAVA State plans previously submitted by Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, South Carolina, and Virginia.
Sunshine Act Notice
Document Number: 06-7448
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-05
Agency: Election Assistance Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Information Collection Activity; Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request
Document Number: 06-6602
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-01
Agency: Election Assistance Commission, Agencies and Commissions
In compliance with Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, EAC announces the proposed extension of a public information collection and seeks public comment on the provisions thereof. 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.
Publication of State Plan Pursuant to the Help America Vote Act
Document Number: 06-5774
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-29
Agency: Election Assistance Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to sections 254(a)(11)(A) and 255(b) of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), Public Law 107-252, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) hereby causes to be published in the Federal Register material changes to the HAVA State plan previously submitted by American Samoa.
Notice of Sunshine Act Meeting
Document Number: 06-5825
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-28
Agency: Election Assistance Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 06-5181
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-06
Agency: Election Assistance Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Notice of Sunshine Act Meeting
Document Number: 06-4296
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-08
Agency: Election Assistance Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Notice of Sunshine Act Meeting
Document Number: 06-4295
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-08
Agency: Election Assistance Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Notice of Sunshine Act Meeting
Document Number: 06-4294
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-08
Agency: Election Assistance Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Notice of Sunshine Act Meeting
Document Number: 06-4293
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-08
Agency: Election Assistance Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Technical Guidelines Development Committee (TGDC); Initial Report: Voluntary Voting System Guidelines Version I
Document Number: 06-3101
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-12
Agency: Election Assistance Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) Section 221(f) directs the Technical Guidelines Development Committee (TGDC) to publish its recommendations to the Executive Director of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) at the time EAC adopts voluntary voting system guidelines. In 2004, the EAC formed the TGDC to create an initial set of recommendations for guidelines as directed by HAVA. The Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) chairs the TGDC and NIST staff provides technical support for the TGDC's work. This committee of fifteen experts began their work in July 2004 and submitted their recommendations, which are published here. These recommendations were used by the EAC in producing the EAC's proposed 2005 Voluntary Voting System Guidelines which were published for public comment in June 2005, 70 FR 37378 (June 29, 2005). Following revision of its proposed guidelines to reflect the comments received, the EAC adopted the final 2005 Voluntary Voting System Guidelines on December 13, 2005. This final document is being concurrently published as required by HAVA.
2005 Voluntary Voting System Guidelines
Document Number: 06-3100
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-12
Agency: Election Assistance Commission 2005, Election Assistance Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) Section 231 directs the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) to provide for the testing, certification, decertification and recertification of voting systems. HAVA Section 221 mandates the development of voluntary voting system guidelines to support this process. In 2004, the EAC formed the Technical Guidelines Development Committee (TGDC) to create an initial set of recommendations for the guidelines. The Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) chairs the TGDC and NIST staff provides technical support for the TGDC's work. This committee of fifteen experts began their work in July 2004 and submitted their recommendations to the EAC in May 2005. EAC reviewed and revised these recommendations and published its proposed Voluntary Voting System Guidelines in June 2005, 70 FR 37378 (June 29, 2005), beginning the ninety-day public comment period. The Commission adopted the 2005 Voluntary Voting System Guidelines on December 13, 2005. The Guidelines published here will be used to test voting systems for national certification.
Sunshine Act Notice
Document Number: 06-3362
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-06
Agency: Election Assistance Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act; Notice
Document Number: 06-2340
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-09
Agency: Election Assistance Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Technical Guidelines Development Committee (the ``Development Committee'') has scheduled a plenary meeting for March 29, 2006. The Committee was established to act in the public interest to assist the Executive Director of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) in the development of voluntary voting system guidelines. The Development Committee held previous meetings on July 9, 2004; January 18 and 19, 2005; March 9, 2005; April 20 and 21, 2005; and September 29, 2005. The purpose of the sixth meeting of the Development Committee will be to review and approve draft documents that will form the bases for recommendations for future voluntary voting system guidelines to the EAC. The draft documents respond to tasks defined in resolutions passed at previous Technical Guideline Development Committee meetings.
Sunshine Act; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 06-1956
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-01
Agency: Election Assistance Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Publication of State Plan Pursuant to the Help America Vote Act
Document Number: 06-1707
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-27
Agency: Election Assistance Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to sections 254(a)(11)(A) and 255(b) of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), Public Law 107-252, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) hereby causes to be published in the Federal Register material changes to the HAVA State plans previously submitted by Maryland and Puerto Rico.
Publication of State Plan Pursuant to the Help America Vote Act
Document Number: 06-391
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-01
Agency: Election Assistance Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to sections 254(a)(11)(A) and 255(b) of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), Public Law 107-252, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) hereby causes to be published in the Federal Register material changes to the HAVA State plan previously submitted by West Virginia.
Sunshine Act Notice; Meeting
Document Number: 06-607
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-20
Agency: Election Assistance Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Notice
Document Number: 05-23760
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-12-07
Agency: Election Assistance Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Publication of State Plan Pursuant to the Help America Vote Act
Document Number: 05-22663
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-16
Agency: Election Assistance Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to sections 254(a)(11)(A) and 255(b) of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), Public Law 107-252, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) hereby causes to be published in the Federal Register material changes to the HAVA State plan previously submitted by Michigan.
Publication of State Plan Pursuant to the Help America Vote Act
Document Number: 05-21421
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-27
Agency: Election Assistance Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to sections 254(a)(11)(A) and 255(b) of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), Public Law 107-252, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) hereby causes to be published in the Federal Register material changes to the HAVA State plan previously submitted by Delaware.
Sunshine Act Notice
Document Number: 05-20741
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-14
Agency: Election Assistance Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Publication of State Plans Pursuant to the Help America Vote Act
Document Number: 05-19440
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-30
Agency: Election Assistance Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to sections 254(a)(11)(A) and 255(b) of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), Public Law 107-252, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) hereby causes to be published in the Federal Register material changes to the HAVA State plans previously submitted by Pennsylvania.
Sunshine Act Meeting Notice
Document Number: 05-18219
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-13
Agency: Election Assistance Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Publication of State Plans Pursuant to the Help America Vote Act
Document Number: 05-18011
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-12
Agency: Election Assistance Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to sections 254(a)(11)(A) and 255(b) of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), Public Law 107-252, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) hereby causes to be published in the Federal Register material changes to the HAVA State plan previously submitted by Virginia.
Sunshine Act Notice
Document Number: 05-17944
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-08
Agency: Election Assistance Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The Technical Guidelines Development Committee (the ``Development Committee'' has scheduled a plenary meeting for September 29, 2005. The Development Committee was established to act in the public interest to assist the Executive Director of the Election Assistance Commission in the development of the voluntary voting system guidelines. The Development Committee held four previous meetings on July 9, 2004; January 18 and 19, 2005; March 9, 2005; and April 20 and 21, 2005. The proceedings of these meetings are available for public review at http//vote.nist.gov/PublicHearingsandMeetings.html. On May 9, 2005, the Development Committee delivered initial recommendations for voluntary voting system guidelines to the Election Assistance Commission (EAC). The purpose of this fifth meeting of the Development Committee will be to review and approve a work plan for future voluntary voting system guidelines recommendations to the EAC. The work plan responds to tasks defined in resolutions passed at Technical Guideline Development Committee meetings.
Publication of State Administrative Complaint Procedures Pursuant to the Help America Vote Act
Document Number: 05-17101
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-01
Agency: Election Assistance Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to sections 253(b)(2) and 255(b) of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), Public Law 107-252, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) hereby causes to be published in the Federal Register the State administrative complaint procedures submitted by thirty-one States that had not included these procedures in their State plans previously published by EAC in the Federal Register.
Publication of State Plans Pursuant to the Help America Vote Act
Document Number: 05-16634
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-25
Agency: Election Assistance Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to sections 254(a)(11)(A) and 255(b) of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), Public Law 107-252, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) hereby causes to be published in the Federal Register material changes to the HAVA State plans previously submitted by Montana, Nevada, and South Carolina.
Sunshine Act Notice
Document Number: 05-15973
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-10
Agency: Election Assistance Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Notice
Document Number: 05-15972
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-10
Agency: Election Assistance Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Notice
Document Number: 05-15549
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-04
Agency: Election Assistance Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Notice
Document Number: 05-15449
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-03
Agency: Election Assistance Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Voluntary Guidance on Implementation of Statewide Voter Registration Lists
Document Number: 05-15336
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-03
Agency: Election Assistance Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) is publishing its final voluntary guidance on Section 303(a) of the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA). HAVA was enacted to set standards for the administration of Federal elections. Included in these standards is a requirement that each State develop and maintain a single, statewide list of registered voters. The voluntary guidance published here by the EAC will assist the States in understanding, interpreting and implementing HAVA's standards regarding statewide voter registration lists.
Sunshine Act; Meeting
Document Number: 05-14911
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-27
Agency: United States Election Assistance Commission, Election Assistance Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Notice
Document Number: 05-14641
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-22
Agency: Election Assistance Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Notice
Document Number: 05-14214
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-19
Agency: Election Assistance Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Sunshine Act Notice
Document Number: 05-14007
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-07-14
Agency: Election Assistance Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Proposed Guidance on Voluntary Voting System Guidelines
Document Number: 05-12859
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-29
Agency: Election Assistance Commission, Agencies and Commissions
EAC is proposing Voluntary Voting System Guidelines pursuant to sections 221 and 222 of the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) which was passed by Congress to modernize the administration of Federal elections. This marks the first time in our nation's history that the Federal Government has funded an election reform effort. HAVA provides Federal funding to help the States meet the law's uniform and non- discretionary administrative requirements, which include the following new programs and procedures: (1) Provisional voting, (2) voting information, (3) statewide voter registration lists and identification requirements for first-time registrants, (4) administrative complaint procedures, and (5) updated and upgraded voting equipment. HAVA also established the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) to administer the Federal funding and to provide guidance to the States in their efforts to comply with the HAVA administrative requirements. Section 202 directs the EAC to adopt voluntary voting system guidelines, and to provide for the testing, certification, decertification, and recertification of voting system hardware and software. The purpose of the guidelines is to provide a set of specifications and requirements against which voting systems can be tested to determine if they provide all the basic functionality, accessibility, and security capabilities required of voting systems. This document, the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines, is the third iteration of national level voting system standards. The Federal Election Commission published the Performance and Test Standards for Punchcard, Marksense and Direct Recording Electronic Voting Systems in 1990. This was followed by the Voting Systems Standards in 2002. As required by HAVA, EAC formed the Technical Guidelines Development Committee (TGDC) to develop an initial set of recommendations for the Guidelines. This committee of 15 experts began their work in July 2004 and submitted their recommendations to the EAC in the 9-month timeline prescribed by HAVA. The TGDC was provided with technical support by the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), who was given nearly $3 million dollars by the EAC to complete this work. This funding represents the first time the Federal Government has spent a significant amount of money on setting guidelines for voting systems. These latest Guidelines update and augment the 2002 Voting Systems Standards to address increasingly complex voting system technology. Specifically, the 2005 Guidelines address the critical topics of accessibility, usability, and security. These Guidelines are voluntary. States may adopt them in whole, in part, or not at all. States may also choose to enact stricter performance requirements for certifying their voting systems. The Guidelines consist of two volumes. Volume I, entitled ``Voting System Performance Guidelines,'' includes new requirements for accessibility, voting system software distribution, system setup validation, and the use of wireless communications. This volume also includes a set of optional requirements for a Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail component for Direct Recording Electronic voting systems for use by those States that have decided to require this feature for their voting systems. In addition, it contains an updated glossary and a conformance clause. Volume II, entitled ``Voting System National Certification Guidelines,'' has been revised to reflect the new EAC process for national certification of voting systems. This process will go into effect in 2005 and will replace the voting system qualification process that has been conducted by the National Association of State Election Directors since 1994. Volume II also includes an updated appendix on procedures for testing system error rates. Terminology in both volumes has been revised to reflect new terminology introduced by HAVA. The following provides a summary of the contents of each volume. Volume I Summary: Volume I, the Voting System Performance Guidelines, describes the requirements for the electronic components of voting systems. It is intended for use by the broadest audience, including voting system developers, manufacturers and suppliers; voting system testing labs; state organizations that certify systems prior to procurement; state and local election officials who procure and deploy voting systems; and public interest organizations that have an interest in voting systems and voting system standards. It contains the following sections: Section 1 presents the objectives and usage of the Guidelines, definitions of types of voting systems, and a discussion of how the guidelines and testing specifications are applied. It also contains a conformance clause. Section 2 describes the functional capabilities required of voting systems. Sections 3 through 5 describe specific performance standards for election system hardware, software and telecommunications. Section 6 is a significantly expanded section on security requirements for voting systems. It includes new material for the secure distribution of voting system software and for verifying that voting systems are operating with the correct software. There are also new requirements for the use of wireless communications. Since some States have decided to require a voter verified paper audit trail component for their direct recording electronic (DRE) voting systems, requirements are included to support appropriate testing of these components. These requirements are optional because there are other currently available technologies besides paper audit trails that can be employed to provide a second method, in addition to the DRE summary screen, for voters to verify their ballot choices. There was insufficient time to develop requirements for these other technologies for the present Guidelines, but these technologies, including audio, video, and cryptographic means, will be addressed in the near future. Sections 7 and 8 describe requirements for vendor quality assurance and configuration management practices and the documentation required about these practices for the certification process. Appendix A contains a glossary of terms. Appendix B provides a list of documents incorporated into the Guidelines by reference, as well as documents used in preparation of the Guidelines. Appendix C contains best practices for election officials regarding accessibility, paper audit trails, and wireless. Appendix D presents an informational discussion of independent dual verification which is a concept being examined for potential future application to voting systems. In essence, this is a methodology to produce multiple independent records of ballot choices for verification purposes. Voter verified paper audit trails do not provide independent verification because the printer prints from the same data source that produces the DRE summary screen display. Appendix E contains the NASED Voting System Standards Board Technical Guide 1 on color and contrast adjustment for individuals with low vision or color blindness. Volume II Summary: Volume II, the Voting System National Certification Testing Guidelines, is a complementary document to Volume I. Volume II provides an overview and specific detail of the national certification testing process, which is performed by independent voting system test labs accredited by the EAC. It is intended principally for use by vendors, test labs, and election officials who certify, procure, and accept voting systems. This volume contains the following sections: Section 1 presents an overview of the testing guidelines and the national certification testing process. Section 2 provides a description of the Technical Data Package that vendors are required to submit with their system for certification testing. Section 3 describes the basic functionality testing requirements. Sections 4 through 6 define the requirements for hardware, software and system integration testing. Section 7 describes the required examination of vendor quality assurance and configuration management practices. Appendix A provides the requirements for the National Certification Test Plan that is prepared by the voting system test lab and provided to the EAC for review. Appendix B describes the scope and content of the National Certification Test Report which is prepared by the test lab and delivered to the EAC along with a recommendation for certification. Appendix C describes the guiding principles used to design the voting system certification testing process. It also contains a revised section on testing system error rates. The format of the Guidelines is intended to facilitate ease of identifying new information and comparison with the 2002 Voting Systems Standards. New material is indicated by a gray-shaded header with the words ``NEW MATERIAL,'' and includes line numbers. Material essentially carried forward in its entirety from the 2002 Voting Systems Standards remains in its original format and does not include line numbers. Selected portions of this material have been revised to reflect the EAC process for voting system certification, specifically Volume I, Section 1.6.1, and Volume II Section 1. Updates have been made throughout to include new terminology introduced by HAVA. Comments: The Voluntary Voting System Guidelines is provided for comment by the public for the next 90 days. All comments must be received by EAC on or before 5 p.m. EDT on September 30, 2005. All comments will posted on the EAC Web site. The EAC is provided several alternative methods for submitting comments. On-line electronic comment form at http://www.eac.gov. By e-mail to votingsystemguidelines@eac.gov. By mail to Voting System Guidelines Comments, U.S. Election Assistance Commission, 1225 New York Ave, NW., Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20005. By fax to Voting System Guidelines Comments at (202) 566- 3127. EAC requests that comments be provided according to the following specifications: (1) Comments regarding a particular section should be designed by the page, line (if included) and section number to which the comment refers. (2) Comments regarding a term that is included or that should be added to the glossary should reference the term and page number to which the comment refers. (3) General comments regarding the entire document or comments that refer to more than one section should be made as specifically as possible so that EAC can clearly understand to which portion(s) of the documents the comment refers. (4) To the extent that a comment suggests a change in the wording of a requirement or section of the Guidelines, please provide proposed language for the suggested change. To obtain a copy of the voluntary voting system guidelines: Due to the fact that the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines is more than 250 pages in length, the entire documents has not been attached to this notice. A complete copy of the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines is available from EAC in electronic or hard copy format. An electronic copy can be downloaded in PDF format or read in HTML version on EAC's Web site, http://www.eac.gov. In addition, interested persons may obtain a hard copy or CD-ROM electronic copy from EAC by contacting Voting System Guidelines, via fax at 202-566-3128, via e-mail at VotingSystemGuidelines@eac.gov, or via mail at Voting System Guidelines, U.S. Election Assistance Commission, 1225 New York Avenue, NW., Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20005. You may also request by phone at (866) 747-1471. Please specify whether a hard copy or electronic copy is desired.
Publication of State Plans Pursuant to the Help America Vote Act
Document Number: 05-12685
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-06-29
Agency: Election Assistance Commission, Agencies and Commissions
Pursuant to sections 254(a)(11)(A) and 255(b) of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), Public Law 107-252, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) hereby causes to be published in the Federal Register material changes to the HAVA State plans previously submitted by Iowa, Mississippi, and North Carolina.