EAC Certifies MicroVote EMS 4.0 Voting System

From: Arthur Keller <voting_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Sun Feb 08 2009 - 00:08:54 CST

Note how long the certification process took for this software.

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*February 6, 2009

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Bryan Whitener
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EAC Certifies MicroVote EMS 4.0 Voting System

WASHINGTON- The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) today
certified <http://www.congressweb.com/t/l/?OFDBEMASQAPYZPL> the Election
Management System (EMS) 4.0 by MicroVote General Corporation. It is the
first voting system to achieve federal certification under the EAC
Voting System Testing and Certification Program

An EAC certification indicates that a voting system has met the
requirements of the federal voluntary voting system guidelines
<http://www.congressweb.com/t/l/?OFDBEMASQACFWQE> by successfully
passing a series of comprehensive tests conducted by a federally
accredited test laboratory
<http://www.congressweb.com/t/l/?OFDBEMASQAWXRAZ>. Certified systems
must also meet technical and ethical standards that ensure the integrity
of the system as it goes from the test lab to production and into the

The voluntary voting system guidelines are a set of specifications and
requirements against which voting systems are tested for functionality,
security and accessibility. They are developed with the National
Institute of Standards and Technology
<http://www.congressweb.com/t/l/?OFDBEMASQAXSBEG> through an inclusive
process involving software and security experts, election officials and
voter advocates. For more information, visit the voluntary voting system
guidelines section at www.eac.gov
<http://www.congressweb.com/t/l/?OFDBEMASQAINQCB> to view comments and a
draft of the next iteration of guidelines.

The EAC admitted the EMS 4.0 into its program on Aug. 15, 2007. iBeta
Quality Assurance, an EAC-accredited test lab, began the testing process
by submitting a draft test plan on Aug. 21, 2007. All versions of
subsequent laboratory test plans
<http://www.congressweb.com/t/l/?OFDBEMASQAYXMUX> and test reports
<http://www.congressweb.com/t/l/?OFDBEMASQAKCAXQ> of the EMS 4.0 are
posted at www.eac.gov <http://www.congressweb.com/t/l/?OFDBEMASQAPJNFD>
along with an outline <http://www.congressweb.com/t/l/?OFDBEMASQAJOUAZ>
describing each step of the certification process.

After receiving version 4.0 of iBeta's test report on Dec. 23, 2008, the
EAC issued a tentative decision to certify the EMS 4.0. Certification
became official today <http://www.congressweb.com/t/l/?OFDBEMASQARBWLG>
with MicroVote demonstrating compliance with the following final
certification requirements:

         * Rebuild the voting system in a trusted environment, known as a
           "trusted build" (this is performed by the accredited test lab)
         * Provide software identification tools to the EAC so that
           whoever purchases the system can verify its authenticity
         * Provide voting system software for the EAC repository
         * Agree in writing to all EAC certification conditions and
           program requirements

Launched in 2007, the EAC certification program marks the first time the
federal government has certified voting systems. The program is
authorized by the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), and is voluntary; states
are not required to use EAC-certified voting systems, or to test their
systems against federal standards. Approximately 10 states
<http://www.congressweb.com/t/l/?OFDBEMASQASAWOU> require the use of
federally certified voting machines.

In addition to the EMS 4.0, eight voting systems
<http://www.congressweb.com/t/l/?OFDBEMASQAZJBXU> are enrolled in the
EAC's Testing and Certification Program. They include the Dominion
Voting Democracy Suite; ES&S Unity & Unity w. ATS 1.3,
Unity, and Unity 4.0; Premier (formerly Diebold) Assure 1.2;
Sequoia WinEDS 4.0.34; Unisyn OpenElect Voting System; and Avante
Optical Vote-Trakker. To participate in the program, manufacturers must
register with the EAC, fill out an application, and select a federally
accredited test laboratory to conduct testing to the applicable voting
system guidelines.

*The EAC Quality Monitoring Program
*After certifying a voting system, the EAC is charged with monitoring
it. Manufacturers are required to submit reports whenever a federally
certified system experiences an irregularity. Likewise, a manufacturer
must notify the EAC if it modifies a certified system's hardware,
software or firmware. The EAC will also conduct site visits and reviews
of all federally certified systems used in elections.

Detailed information about the EAC's testing, certification and
monitoring of voting systems is available in the EAC Voting System
Testing and Certification Program Manual
<http://www.congressweb.com/t/l/?OFDBEMASQAYZVRV>. The EAC also
regularly posts test plans and test reports, administrative documents
and correspondence between the EAC and program participants. EAC testing
and certification program news is also available by subscribing to the
EAC RSS feed and e-mail newsletter at www.eac.gov

/The EAC is an independent commission created by the Help America Vote
Act. The EAC serves as a national clearinghouse and resource of
information regarding election administration. It is charged with
administering payments to states and developing guidance to meet HAVA
requirements, adopting voluntary voting system guidelines, and
accrediting voting system test laboratories and certifying voting
equipment. It is also charged with developing and maintaining a national
mail voter registration form. The four EAC commissioners are Gineen
Beach, chair; Gracia Hillman, vice chair; Donetta Davidson; and Rosemary

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