Re: Question re US EAC Technical Decision-Makers

From: David Jefferson <d_jefferson_at_yahoo_dot_com>
Date: Wed Jul 12 2006 - 16:23:40 CDT

Based on a discussion I had with Ron Rivest, my understanding of the relationship is something like this:

The TGDC passes "resolutions" calling for sections of the standards to be drafted according to technical criteria they decide. NIST actually drafts those proposed standards. The TGDC can accept them, modify them, or go back and forth with the NIST drafters as need be until the draft is satisfactory; but the TGDC has the (semi)final word.

It is true that the TGDC has members (I think a majority) who do not have engineering backgrounds. The composition, as I recall, is fixed in the HAVA statute so that various constituencies are represented.

The TGDC submits draft standards they have agreed upon to the EAC. The EAC has full authority (which they use) to accept, modify, or reject the drafts. They have the (really) final word.

The TGDC is still functioning, of course, and another round of proposed standards might emerge some time around a year or so from now.


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From: Kathy Dopp <>
Sent: Wednesday, July 12, 2006 1:19:16 PM
Subject: Re: [OVC-discuss] Question re US EAC Technical Decision-Makers

 I'm at NASS and have been told that the EAC lets NIST make their technical decisions on voting system requirements. Is that true? I've rather heard that people without computer engineering or science degrees make the decisions for the US EAC.
 What is the relationship between NIST and the EAC? Who has the final say over US EAC technical decisions? Are the final decision-makers at the EAC qualified?
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