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Election Supporting Technology Evaluation Program (ESTEP)

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

What is ESTEP? 

Under the authority of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), the EAC began exploring the need to develop federal standards for election-supporting technologies in 2021. To achieve this goal, the EAC developed the Election Supporting Technology Evaluation Program (ESTEP), responsible for the creation of draft standards that can be used by voting system test laboratories (VSTLs) or other testing partners, creation of program manuals, administration of pilot programs and test campaigns, and reporting on the results of these campaigns. This program was formally established in 2022, through employing its first Director, and received congressional funding for the development of a full program in 2023. This additional funding permitted the EAC to conduct the Voluntary Electronic Poll Book Pilot Program, contract with VSTLs to conduct testing, employ four Election Technology Specialists to oversee program activities, and purchase additional program resources. On December 4, 2023, EAC Commissioners voted unanimously to formally adopt ESTEP as a permanent part of the agency. ESTEP aims to establish requirements and guidelines specific to election technologies that are not covered under the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG), which includes electronic poll books (EPBs), electronic ballot delivery (EBD) systems, election night reporting (ENR) systems, and voter registration (VR) portals and databases.  


Questions? Please Contact:  

Election Supporting Technology Evaluation Program 
[email protected]  

Featured ESTEP Resources

  • ESTEP Manuals and Forms

    Participation is voluntary in ESTEP Programs, but if commercial or in-house manufacturers decide to participate, then they must conform to these procedural requirements.

  • ESTEP Registered Manufacturers

    Election supporting technology manufacturers registered with the EAC.

  • Voluntary Electronic Poll Book Certification Program

    The EAC is now accepting form submissions to initiate the process for electronic poll book testing and certification.

  • Electronic Ballot Delivery (EBD) Systems

    Ballot delivery systems are used for the electronic delivery of ballot and voter information packets.

  • Election Night Report (ENR) Systems

    Election night reporting software facilitates the collection, aggregation, reporting, and secure sharing of accurate election results to the public in real-time, usually through an official website.

  • Voter Registration (VR) Portals and Databases

    A combination of hardware, software, or firmware, materials, and documentation used to automate the voter registration process and secure voter information.