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Testing and Certification Comments

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Voting System Test Laboratory (VSTL) Program Manual, Version 2.0

This 60-day comment period ended at 5:00 p.m. EDT on June 17, 2013 (Comment period began April 16, 2013). Read the Federal Register Notice for additional information.


Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG) version 1.1

The 130-day comment period ended at 4 p.m. EST on January 14, 2013 (Comment period began September 6, 2012). EAC opened the initial comment period for 90 days (see the Federal Register Notice). EAC extended the public comment period from 90 days to 130 days (see the amended Federal Register Notice). The purpose of the comment period was to provide an opportunity for the public to offer additional input on proposed requirements for Version 1.1.

VVSG 1.1 Volume 1: 2012 (PDF)
VVSG 1.1 Volume 2: 2012 (PDF)

BACKGROUND: Changes to VVSG 1.1 since the Initial Public Comment Period
The initial proposed revision to VVSG 1.1, was offered during a 120-day public comment period in the summer of 2009. Since that time, the EAC’s Testing & Certification Program discovered additional best practices, experienced anomalies and deficiencies with voting systems entering the Testing and Certification Program, and clarified many ambiguities with the standard. Changes were made after the 120-day public comment period to address these issues.  For more information on changes made since the initial public comment period, please see the Federal Register notice. All comments received will be reviewed and published on EAC’s website, and the final VVSG 1.1 draft document will be prepared for a Commission vote at such time as the EAC once again has a quorum of Commissioners.


Voting System Test Laboratory Manual

This 30-day comment period ended at 11:59 p.m. EDT on October 17, 2011 (Comment period began September 16, 2011). Read the Federal Register Notice for additional information.


Voting System Test Laboratory Manual

This 60-day comment period ended at 11:59 p.m. EDT on September 6, 2011 (Comment period began July 5, 2011). Read the Federal Register Notice for additional information.


Testing and Certification Program Manual Version 1.0

This 30-day comment period ended at 11:59 p.m. EDT on May 4, 2011 (Comment period began April 4, 2011). Read the Federal Register Notice for additional information. It also included the following documents:

Accompanying Forms
Anomaly Reporting Form
Manufacturer Registration Form
Application for System Testing Form


Testing and Certification Program Manual Version 1.0

This 60-day comment period ended at 11:59 p.m. EDT on March 28, 2011 (Comment period began January 27, 2011). Read the Federal Register Notice for additional information. It also included the following documents:

Accompanying Forms
Anomaly Reporting Form
Manufacturer Registration Form
Application for System Testing Form 


Testing and Certification Program Manual Version 2.0 

This 60-day comment period ended at 5:00 p.m. EDT on January 31, 2011 (Comment period began November 30,2010). Read the Federal Register Notice for additional information.


UOCAVA Pilot Program Testing Requirements

This 30-day comment period ended at 4:00 p.m. EDT on April 30, 2010 (Comment period began March 29, 2010). This document defines requirements for conformance of remote electronic voting systems intended for use in UOCAVA pilot programs that manufacturers of such systems shall meet pursuant to EAC pilot program certification. Read the Federal Register Notice for additional information.

Comments Submitted


Voting System Pilot Program Testing & Certification Manual 

This 15-day comment period ended at 5:00 p.m. EDT on April 26, 2010 (Comment period began April 9, 2010). Read the Federal Register Notice for additional information.

Comments Submitted


Proposed Draft Revisions to 2005 Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG v.1.1)

This 120-day comment period ended at 5:00 p.m. EDT on September 28, 2009 (Comment period began June 1, 2009). Revisions will introduce immediate improvements in the quality and efficiency of the test process before the release of the next iteration of the guidelines. Read the Federal Register Notice and the supporting documents for additional information.


VVSG Version 1.1

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