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By:Brian Hancock

An U.S. Election Assistance Commission blog about Testing and Certification Department Voting System Updates.


Voting System Testing Update 9.7.17

Sep 07, 2017

Beginning this month, the first “Voting System Testing Update” blog of each month will provide a more complete overview of activities in the Testing and Certification Program. In addition to the regular update on test campaigns, it will also provide highlights such as Events from the past month, upcoming events newly registered manufacturers, updates on the VSTL accreditation process, and the usual Testing and Certification updates.

Events from the Past Month

The Testing and Certification Division hired a new Program Specialist; Jerome Lovato. Jerome comes to the EAC Testing and Certification Team from the office of the Colorado Secretary of State where he guided voting-system providers through the Colorado testing and certification process. He was also in integral part in the implementation of the risk-limiting audit program.

The Testing and Certification Division and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) finalized the DRAFT Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG) version 2.0 Principle and Guidelines. It is also working with NIST on completing the remainder of the document in advance of the September 11-12, 2017, Technical Guidelines Development Committee (TGDC).

Testing and Certification staff participated in a meeting with 16 other election officials, academics, manufacturers, and experts to move to the common data format (CDF) and Election Process Modeling work forward.  At the conclusion of the meeting the Election Process Modeling work is approximately 80% complete; there are three CDF schema complete 1) Election Results Reporting, 2) Election Event Logging, 3) Cast Vote Records and a fourth, Voter Records Interchange, that is in its final stages.

Testing and Certification staff also participated in meetings of the Election Critical Infrastructure Working Group along with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and NIST staff to discuss the details of forming the Sector Government Coordinating Council. In addition, staff met with DHS, NIST and voting system manufacturer representatives to begin discussions on the formation of the Sector Coordinating Council.

Upcoming Events

On September 11-12, 2017, the EAC anticipates receiving a recommendation on the VVSG 2.0 Principles and Guidelines. Assuming a recommendation is made by the TGDC, the Executive Director will provide the VVSG 2.0 to the Standards Board and Board of Advisors. Each of the advisory boards will have an opportunity to comment on the recommended draft.

Testing and Certification staff will meet once again with DHS, NIST and the Election critical Infrastructure Working Group in what will likely be the final meeting ofd that ad hoc group prior to the formal designation of the Government Coordinating Council.

Commissioner Hicks and members of the Testing and Certification Team will also be meeting with two EAC Registered Manufacturers; Dominion Voting Systems and Election Systems and Software (ES&S). These meetings are to discuss the ongoing efforts between the EAC and the respective Registered Manufacturer.

Manufacturer Registration Process

On August 29, 2017, Votem Corporation joined the Testing and Certification Program as an EAC Registered Manufacturer. The designation of a registered manufacturer provides many benefits, but most importantly, it allows a manufacturer to submit a voting system application to be tested against the VVSG within the Testing and Certification Process.

VSTL Accreditation Process

On September 26-28, 2017, the Testing and Certification Team is scheduled to conduct a quality audit of SLI Labs; one of the EAC accredited voting system testing laboratories. As required by the Voting System Test Lab Manual, every VSTL must be audited by the Program Director shall ensure that each VSTL receives an on-site policy, procedures, and practices review at least once every two years.

Testing and Certification Process

Systems Certified

  • Dominion Democracy Suite 5.0-A Modification. EAC certified the Dominion Voting Systems Democracy Suite 5.0A system on August 14, 2017. 

Systems Under Test

  • ClearBallot Group ClearVote 1.4.   This system remains in the testing phase.  Brian Hancock is the project manager for this application.
  • Dominion Democracy Suite 5.5.  This system remains in the test plan phase. Ryan Macias will be the project manager for this application.
  • ES&S EVS 6.0.0.0.  This system remains in the test plan phase. Ryan Macias is the project manager on this application.
  • ES&S EVS 6.2.0.0. This system remains in the test plan phase. The initial draft of the test plan was provided by SLI to EAC. The EAC is currently awaiting revisions to the draft. Ryan Macias is the project manager on this application.
  • Microvote EMS 4.2. This system remains in the testing phase. Brian Hancock is the project manager for this application.
  • Unisyn OpenElect 2.0. EAC received the initial draft of the Test Report for this system on September 1, 2017.  Brian Hancock is the project manager for this application.

Engineering Change Orders (ECOs)

  • Dominion:  Five ECOs were approved; four were determined to be de minimis and the fifth was tested during the Democracy Suite 5.0 voting system application.
 

 
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