Elections and Voting

Technical experts sought for input on voting equipment standards

The Election Assistance Commission is filling four slots reserved for experts in its Technical Guidelines Development Committee, which is revising the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines used by states to certify voting equipment. An updated version of the VVSG has been released for public comment.

Voter groups collaborate on XML data model for online voter registration

The effort by the Open Source Digital Voting Foundation and the Overseas Vote Foundation could help automate the states' voter registration processes, which now rely on re-keying information from paper forms.

Implementation plan for voting system requirements set

The Election Assistance Commission is revising current voting system guidelines used by states to buy time for a more complete rewrite that will address thorny technical issues.

NIST releases suite of e-voting system tests for comment

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released a draft suite of tests to verify compliance with the Election Assistance Commission's new set of voluntary guidelines for voting systems.

Flaw in vote-tallying software silently deletes votes

Nearly 200 votes deleted in California precinct using Premier Election Solutions system in 2008 general election.

EAC certifies first voting system under voluntary guidelines testing program

The Election Management System 4.0 from MicroVote General Corp. underwent a 17-month evaluation against the EAC’s 2005 voluntary voting system guidelines.

Ballot box blues continue

The introduction of online technology into the registration and ballot request processes hasn't solved problems of missing ballots and missed deadlines.

No time to vote

Reliance on the U.S. Postal Service and the military mail system is inadequate for a voting process that takes an average of 66 days to complete.