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Annual EAC Standards Board meeting to take place virtually on July 31

Silver Spring, MD – The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) Standards Board will hold their annual meeting virtually on Friday, July 31, 2020 from 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET to discuss the proposed Voluntary Voting System Guidelines 2.0 (VVSG 2.0) Requirements and address other business.

The meeting will be livestreamed on the EAC’s YouTube Channel. The agenda and other information is available on the event page.

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 closed June 22, 2020. Those who would like to review the VVSG 2.0 Requirements document, as recommended by the TGDC may do so via regulations.gov.

The first public hearing regarding the VVSG 2.0 was held virtually on March 27, 2020, the second public hearing was held virtually on May 6, 2020, and the third public hearing was held virtually on May 20, 2020. For more information regarding the three hearings, including video recordings and supplemental materials for each hearing, please visit the EAC website for hearing one, hearing two, and hearing three.

The EAC Board of Advisors held their annual meeting virtually on June 16, 2020 to discuss the proposed VVSG 2.0 guidelines. Please visit the EAC website for more information about the meeting.

Upon adoption, VVSG 2.0 seeks to 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. 

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 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.  

Contact: Kristen Muthig

Phone: 202-897-9285

Email: kmuthig@eac.gov