Souces of grants for voting system development

From: charlie strauss <cems_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Sun Apr 25 2004 - 10:43:23 CDT

Perhaps a thread listing what people know about sources of grants or where to get free help might be a useful resource. I presume that the OVC directors already know some of this but maybe not...

I 'll kick this off with few

The charter of the relatively new Election Assistance Commission (apparently formed by the FEC to implement much of HAVA) has three mandates to fund elections research relevant to OVC. (Note: The members of EAC dont think that electronic voting presents any significant risks and have said so publicly, still they are mandated to fund elections systems improvement research. They have also said that states will begin receiving money next month.)

Grants for Research on Voting Technology Improvements (Title II, Subtitle D, Part 3, Section 271)

The Commission shall make grants to assist entities in carrying out research and development to improve the quality, reliability, accuracy, accessibility, affordability and security of voting equipment, election systems, and voting technology. The Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology will submit to the Commission on an annual basis, a list of suggestions for issues that may be the subject of research funded with grants awarded under this section.

Grants to Pilot Programs for Testing of Equipment and Technology (Title II, Subtitle D, Part 4, Section 281)

The Commission shall make grants to carry out pilot programs under which new technologies in voting systems and voting equipment are tested and implemented on a trial basis with the results of such tests being reported to Congress. The Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology will submit to the Commission on an annual basis, a list of suggestions for issues that may be the subject of pilot programs research funded with grants awarded under this section.

Report on Human Factor Research (Section 243) [NOT A GRANT, but relevant to OVC]

The Commission, in consultation with the Director of NIST, shall study and assess the areas of human factor research, including usability and human-computer/machine interaction which could be applied to voting products and system design to ensure usability and accuracy. This assessment should include:

Methods to improve access for individuals with disabilities.
Methods to improve access for individuals with limited English language proficiency.
Methods to reduce voter error and the number of spoiled ballots.

Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Commission shall submit a report to Congress assessing these issues.

Another thing to be looking at is to consider getting professors to make component development part of their class poject for next year.

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