Volume II, National Certification Testing Guidelines, is a complementary document to Volume I, Voting System Performance Guidelines. Volume I specifies the requirements that a voting system must conform to in order to be nationally certified as acceptable for use in federal elections. Volume II describes the testing process that is designed to provide a documented independent verification by an accredited Voting System Test Laboratory (VSTL) that a voting system has been demonstrated to conform to the Volume I requirements and therefore should receive national certification.
Volume II, National Certification Testing Guidelines, provides the specific detail about the testing process that is needed for the accredited VSTLs, voting system manufacturers and election officials participating in the system certification process.
Independent Accredited Voting System Test Labs (VSTL): Test labs that are accredited to perform conformance testing of voting systems will use Volume II to guide the development of test plans, the testing of systems, and the preparation of test reports and recommendations for granting national certification. Organizations wishing to become accredited as VSTLs can refer to Volume II to understand the requirements and obligations placed on an accredited VSTL.
Voting System Manufacturers: Voting system manufacturers will use Volume II to guide the design, construction, documentation, internal testing, and maintenance of voting systems. They will also use this document to help define the responsibilities of organizations that support the system, such as suppliers, testers and consultants. Election Officials: Election officials will use Volume II to guide their state certification, procurement, and acceptance processes and requirements. Certification at the state level may entail system conformance with additional requirements beyond those required for national certification to comply with state election laws or procedures.