United States Election Assistance Comittee

Register to Vote!

Use the National Mail Voter Registration Form to register to vote, update your registration information with a new name or address, or register with a political party.

Note: If you wish to vote absentee and are a uniformed service member or family member or a citizen living outside the U.S., contact the Federal Voting Assistance Program to register to vote.

EAC Newsletters
and Updates

Sign up to receive information about EAC activities including public meetings, webcasts, reports and grants.

Give Us Your Feedback

Share your feedback on EAC policy proposalsElection Resource Library materials, and OpenEAC activities. Give feedback on general issues, including the Web site, through our Contact Us page.

Military and Overseas Voters

EAC has several projects under way to assist states in serving military and overseas citizens who register and vote absentee under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act. Learn more

Acceptance Testing

Title: Acceptance Testing

Review the Comments for this Section:

Comment  Creator  Last Modified 

Acceptance Tests (page 2) – The 1st sentence in the 2nd paragraph states that "acceptance testing must be conducted on every unit . . . every time a unit leaves your control and is returned."  Does deploying a voting unit to a polling place constitute "leaving an election official’s control" and therefore trigger the acceptance testing requirement?


Documentation (page 5) – The recommendation specifies the type and content of the label that should be used.  It appears that the intent of this recommendation is to document that a specific voting unit was tested, the date of the testing, and the testers.  As this can be accomplished in other ways (i.e., State inventory asset tag number and documentation showing the unit number, date of testing, and testers), it seems that the intent of the recommendation should be provided but not how it should be accomplished.  The same comment applies to the recommendation on pages 7 and 10.


Acceptance Test for Touch-screen Voting Stations – The picture on page 7 shows election officials working with electronic pollbooks, not touch screen voting units.  As a result, the photo should be removed.


Conclusion (page 10) – Include recommendation that acceptance testing triggers the start of the warranty. 

lamonel 04/21/2008 02:38 PM

Comments on Acceptance Testing (All Pages – Diagnostic Analysis):

A "Diagnostic Analysis" section is written for each machine type. Within each of these sections, it is noted that there is a need to "verify that the correct version of the operating system and software are installed". It should read that one must "…verify that the correct Federal & State certified version of the operating system and software are installed".
hpurcell 04/25/2008 10:50 AM

Keeping all documentation on your election equipment in a single, easily accessible place can aid your management decisions.  Ideally, you should build a database that can track your equipment throughout its life.  In it you would store the results from every acceptance test conducted, all election-related performance data, all chain-of-custody data, etc..  It becomes a single place to track each piece of equipment by serial number.

davidorr 04/25/2008 04:02 PM