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Standards Support a Successful Election Day


New York, Nov 04, 2008

An estimated 130 million Americans are expected to turn out at the polls today to make their voices heard in the 2008 presidential election. While citizens across the country cast their ballots, standards are in place to assure a successful Election Day, from tallying votes and broadcasting results to celebrating patriotism.

As with any election, it’s important to voters and politicians alike that votes are properly counted and secure. IEEE, an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) member and accredited standards developer, is currently developing standards that will provide voters with these assurances. BSR/IEEE 1622-200x, Standard for Voting Equipment Electronic Data Interchange is a draft standard that aims to develop electronic data interchange formats to be used by components of the voting system for exchange of electronic data. A second draft standard, BSR/IEEE 1643-200x, Recommended Practice for Protecting Voting Equipment and Systems from Intentional EMI, will establish appropriate threat levels for intentional electromagnetic interference, protection methods, monitoring techniques, and test techniques for voting equipment and systems.

Federal Certification Program for Voting Equipment Accredits Fifth Laboratory

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC), which operates the federal government's first voting system testing and certification program, recently accredited its fifth laboratory for testing voting equipment.

Laboratories accredited by the EAC to perform these tests are assessed against a set of guidelines that created by the Technical Guidelines Development Committee (TGDC). The TGDC is chaired by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and includes appointed representatives from ANSI and IEEE.

To learn more about the EAC and its Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG), view these previous ANSI Online news items:

When polls across the country begin to close this evening, many Americans will be on the edges of their seats, waiting to hear the results. Live television broadcasts can make this information public as soon as it is available, thanks to several standards developed by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). These standards include:

  • IEC 60107-1 Ed. 3.0 b:1997, Methods of measurement on receivers for television broadcast transmissions - Part 1: General considerations - Measurements at radio and video frequencies;

  • IEC 60107-2 Ed. 2.0 b:1997, Methods of measurement on receivers for television broadcast transmissions - Part 2: Audio channels - General methods and methods for monophonic channels;

  • IEC 60107-3 Ed. 1.1 b:1999, Recommended methods of measurement on receivers for television broadcast transmissions - Part 3: Electrical measurements on multichannel sound television receivers using subcarrier systems; and more.

These standards, which aid in the clear and consistent broadcast of television programs around the world, were developed by IEC Technical Committee (TC) 100, Audio, video and multimedia systems and equipment. This TC is chaired by Mark Hyman of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, an ANSI member and accredited standards developer. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), also an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, is the United States National Committee (USNC)-approved Technical Advisory Group (TAG) administrator to IEC TC 100.

Many schools, public buildings, stores, and homes will fly the American flag today. As stars and stripes are displayed with pride, the sturdy pole holding the flag high is supported by an American National Standard. ANSI/NAAMM FP 1001-2007, Guide Specifications for Design of Metal Flagpoles provides a method to determine the appropriate size of a flagpole based on the wind load facing both the pole and the flag. This standard was developed by the National Association of Architectural Metal Manufacturers (NAAMM), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer.

During Election Day in 2008 and for many years to come, standards contribute to a smooth and celebratory day for voters nationwide.

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