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ANSI SDOs Called upon for Input on Voting Standards


New York, Nov 30, 2004

As a member of the Technical Guidelines Development Committee (TGDC) specified in Public Law 107-252, the “Help America Vote Act” of 2002 (HAVA), the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is asking its accredited standards developers to review their existing standards, as well as current and planned development work, to provide the Institute’s procedures and administration department with information on standards that may be relevant to voting in this country.

The TGDC was formed to make recommendations to the United States Election Assistance Commission (EAC), an independent bipartisan agency authorized through the HAVA to serve as a national clearinghouse and resource of information on various matters involving the administration of federal elections. The role of the TGDC is to "assist the Executive Director of the Commission in the development of the voluntary voting systems guidelines.” To implement its charge, the TGDC has formed three working groups:

  • Security and Transparency
  • Human Factors and Privacy
  • Core Requirements and Testing

“As ANSI’s representative to the TGDC, it is my goal to ensure that the essential requirements of the American National Standards (ANS) process and that the work products of the ANSI-accredited standards developer community are well understood,” said Anne Caldas ANSI director of procedures and standards administration.

“The information that our standards developers provide will be valuable as the TGDC works to make the Election Assistance Commission and the U.S. voting public aware of standardization efforts that can assist in improving our nation’s voting infrastructure,” continued Caldas.

To provide information on standards work related to voting, please contact Ms. Caldas directly (acaldas@ansi.org; 212-642-4914), or for more information please visit www.nist.gov/vote.

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