Virtual via Zoom
The meeting was open to the public and livestreamed on the U.S. Election Assistance Commission YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpN6i0g2rlF4ITWhwvBwwZw
Purpose: In accordance with the Government in the Sunshine Act (Sunshine Act), Public Law 94-409, as amended (5 U.S.C. 552b), the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) conducted a virtual annual meeting of the Board of Advisors to conduct regular business and discuss the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines 2.0 next steps.
Agenda: The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) Board of Advisors held their 2021 Annual Meeting primarily to discuss next steps regarding the recently approved VVSG 2.0 Requirements, including the VVSG 2.0. lifecycle policy and manual enhancements. This meeting included a question and answer discussion between board members and EAC staff.
Board members also reviewed FACA Board membership guidelines and policies with EAC General Counsel and received a general update about the EAC from the Executive Director. Board members also discussed and provided input on the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s portion of the March 7, 2021 Executive Order on Promoting Access to Voting. The Board also elected new members to the Executive Board Committee and considered amendments to the Bylaws.
Background: On February 10, 2021 the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) announced the adoption of the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG) 2.0; the VVSG 2.0 is the fifth iteration of national level voting system standards. The Federal Election Commission published the first two sets of federal standards in 1990 and 2002. The EAC then adopted Version 1.0 of the VVSG on December 13, 2005. In an effort to update and improve version 1.0 of the VVSG, on March 31, 2015, the EAC commissioners unanimously approved VVSG 1.1.
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