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Input Requested on Draft Glossary on Voluntary Voting System Guidelines, Equipment Evaluations

New York, Apr 05, 2005

Draft Glossary
As required by the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) is working with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop new Voluntary Voting System Guidelines that will replace the 2002 Voting System Standards. As part of this effort, the EAC is encouraging immediate comment on a Draft Glossary for the guidelines, which contains standard terms needed to understand voting and related topics such as security, human factors, and testing. Comments on this draft should be submitted to NIST ( no later than Friday, April 15, 2005.

NIST supports the EAC as chair of the Technical Guidelines Development Committee (TGDC). The TGDC makes recommendations to the EAC on voluntary standards and guidelines related to voting machines. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) sits as a member of the TGDC, as specified in HAVA. [more info]

View the DRAFT Glossary for Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (HTML) (PDF)

Voting Equipment Evaluations
NIST is also currently conducting research on voting equipment used in the 2004 elections and inviting interested manufacturers to participate by supplying equipment, including Direct Recording Electronic and Optical Scan systems used to cast and count votes, as well as software used for ballot design and creation.

According to an April 1, 2005, Federal Register notice, the NIST research is designed to: (1) Determine the realistic usability benchmarks for current voting system technology to support usability performance standards in next generation voluntary voting systems standards, and (2) develop usability test protocols for conformance testing of such standards. [Click here to view the Federal Register notice]

Manufacturer’s equipment used in research experiments will be returned approximately one year later. Neither NIST, the EAC, nor the TGDC, will be responsible for the condition of the equipment when returned to the manufacturer. To participate in the program, interested manufacturers are invited to contact NIST for information regarding participation, Letters of Understanding and shipping.

Interested parties must submit a request and an executed Letter of Understanding by May 2, 2005. For shipping and further information, contact Allan C. Eustis (301-975–5099; Letters of Understanding may be obtained from and should be submitted to:

Allan C. Eustis
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Information Technology Laboratory Office
Technology Building 225, Room B257
100 Bureau Drive, Mail Stop 8901
Gaithersburg, MD 20899–8901

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