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EAC Releases Voluntary Voting System Guidelines for Public Comment


New York, Jun 24, 2005

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) has released the proposed Voluntary Voting System Guidelines for a 90-day public comment period; all comments must be received by EAC on or before 5:00 p.m. EDT on September 30, 2005. The guidelines were developed under the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) mandate that the EAC update the 2002 Voting System Standards to modernize the administration of federal elections and address increasingly complex voting system technology. They were designed for state and local election officials to help ensure that new voting systems function accurately and reliably.

The guidelines include new requirements for accessibility, voting system software distribution, system setup validation, and the use of wireless communications. Volume I of the guidelines also includes a set of optional paper trail requirements for electronic voting for use by states that wish to require this feature for their voting systems. Volume II of the guidelines includes certification requirements, which reflect the new EAC process for national certification of voting systems. Terminology in both volumes has been revised to reflect new terminology introduced by HAVA.

At the conclusion of the public comment period and after the consideration of comments received, EAC commissioners will vote to approve the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines. The final version will be made available to the public at that time. EAC proposes that the Guidelines become effective 24 months after final adoption, which is anticipated to take place in October 2005.

Comments may be posted on the website, submitted via email to votingsystemguidelines@eac.gov or mailed to:

Voting System Guidelines Comments
U.S. Election Assistance Commission
1225 New York Avenue, N.W., Suite 1100
Washington, DC 2000

The Guidelines are also available in hard copy and CD-ROM formats. To request a copy call EAC at 1-866-747-1471.

At the conclusion of the public comment period and after the consideration of comments received, EAC commissioners will vote to adopt the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines

To learn more about the EAC and the guidelines, please visit www.eac.gov.


View the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines here.

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