May 1, 2020
Hearing marks another step as EAC considers adoption of the updated VVSG program
Silver Spring, MD – The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) will host a virtual public hearing on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET to discuss the proposed Voluntary Voting System Guidelines 2.0 (VVSG 2.0) Requirements. The hearing will include testimony from a panel of state and local election administrators regarding the implementation and utilization of the VVSG 2.0 Requirements, as well as testimony from accessibility advocates and security experts regarding the VVSG program.
Commissioners will also hear from members of the public who wish to offer verbal testimony on the VVSG 2.0 Requirements. Public testimony during the hearing will be limited to five minutes maximum per person. Those interested in providing public testimony, may contact Jerome Lovato (firstname.lastname@example.org) including full name and phone number no later than 11:30 a.m. ET on May 6, 2020.
The recommended requirements for the VVSG 2.0 were developed with the support of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) following the Technical Guidelines Development Committee’s (TGDC) unanimous vote to provide the EAC with recommendations for the VVSG 2.0 Requirements on February 7, 2020. These recommendations were submitted to the EAC’s Acting Executive Director on March 9, 2020.
On March 11, 2020, the EAC submitted the proposed VVSG 2.0 Requirements to the EAC’s Standards Board and Board of Advisors for review. On March 24, 2020, the EAC initiated a 90-day public comment period for the VVSG 2.0 Requirements, which will run through June 22, 2020. Those who wish to review the VVSG 2.0 Requirements document, as recommended by the TGDC, and submit comments, may do so via regulations.gov.
This is the second public hearing on VVSG 2.0 Requirements. The first VVSG 2.0 Requirements public hearing was held virtually on March 27, 2020. For more information regarding the first hearing, as well as a video recording, please visit the EAC website.
Upon adoption, VVSG 2.0 would be 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.
The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) was established by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA). It is an independent, bipartisan commission charged with ensuring secure, accurate and accessible elections by developing guidance to meet HAVA requirements, adopting voluntary voting system guidelines, and serving as a national clearinghouse of information on election administration. EAC also accredits testing laboratories and certifies voting systems, as well as administers the use of HAVA funds. For more information, visit www.eac.gov.