Re: Souces of grants for voting system development

From: Douglas W. Jones <jones_at_cs_dot_uiowa_dot_edu>
Date: Sun Apr 25 2004 - 11:36:44 CDT

On Apr 25, 2004, at 10:43 AM, charlie strauss wrote:

> 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.

All direct grants for voting system research and development
under HAVA are dead in the water right now because Congress has
not allocated any funds for these activities.

The only possibility open right now, as opposed to future years)
is to get the states to spend their HAVA dollars on this. I
believe this is a long shot, but it is, as nearly as I can tell,
a legal way for the state to spend these dollars.

So, if you want to lobby your congressman to fund NIST and the
EAS at the level promised in the HAVA law, this is well and
good. I have wandered the halls of the House office buildings
doing this. On the other hand, it's not going to get the OVC
money in the near future.

                        Doug Jones
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