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Conformity Assessment Testing: What Is That?

from: EAC Staff on Jun 27, 2011

The voting system certification process is complex and varies depending on the type of system and other circumstances. Describing it can be a challenge, so EAC staff came up with a hypothetical situation – a fictional voting system, ElecTab, manufactured by a fictional company, Tabulate Inc., and wrote about it in the 2011 IFES Guide.

The article written by EAC staff follows ElecTab through the entire process, beginning with EAC’s recommendation that Tabulate, Inc. perform pre-submission testing to verify that ElecTab conforms to the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines. EAC recommends that manufacturers take these preliminary steps which will save time and money by making sure that they will be prepared for EAC’s rigorous process, which has four components:

  • Pre-testing
  • Certification testing
  • Grant of certification
  • Post certification compliance

Read the article to find out more about how EAC conducts conformity assessment testing for voting systems, a process EAC calls the Voting System Testing and Certification Program.

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Conformity Assessment Testing: What Is That?

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