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EAC Requests Comments on Manual for Voting System Testing & Certification Program PDF  | Print |  Email
By Election Assistance Commission   
October 02, 2006

Download the Draft Voting System Testing and Certification Program Manual

 

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) is requesting public comments on a draft procedural manual for the voting system testing and certification program. The Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) directs the EAC to assume responsibility for the certification, de-certification and re-certification of voting system hardware and software used in conducting federal elections and for the accreditation of testing laboratories. This mandate represents the first time the federal government will provide for the voluntary testing and certification of voting systems, nationwide.

In response to the new HAVA requirement, the EAC is developing a program that requires the submission and retention of information related to voting systems and voting system manufacturers.  EAC has released for public comment a draft procedural manual that will be used to obtain the necessary information once the program is in place. This is a voluntary effort by the EAC to gather input from the public on the EAC's administrative procedures for certifying or decertifying voting systems. Please review the manual and submit written or electronic comments according to the instructions contained on the website link below. For further information contact Brian Hancock, Director of Voting System Certification, 1225 New York Avenue, Suite 1100, Washington, D.C., (202) 566-3100, Fax: (202) 566-1392.

Please click on this link to view and comment on the proposed manual.

DEADLINES: Written or electronic comments on this draft procedural manual must be received on or before 5:00 p.m. EDT on October 31, 2006.

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