There are three HAVA-mandated federal advisory committees that help the EAC complete its mission. They are: (1) the Standards Board(opens in new tab), (2) the Board of Advisors(opens in new tab), and (3) the Technical Guidelines Development Committee (TGDC). Each board is composed of experts from the field and representatives of the government. In 2021, the EAC also established the Local Leadership Council composed of two election official leaders from each state.
HAVA mandates that the Standards Board and the Board of Advisors shall review the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG) and best practice recommendations. The TGDC is tasked with drafting and recommending versions of the VVSG. After drafting and finalizing a recommended version of the VVSG, the TGDC presents the VVSG to the Executive Director of the EAC. The Executive Director then presents the VVSG to the Standards Board and the Board of Advisors, both of which review and provide comments to the Commission.