ACCURATE Submits Comments on VSTCP Manual

From: Joseph Lorenzo Hall <joehall_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Tue Oct 31 2006 - 16:50:30 CST


# ACCURATE Submits Comments on VSTCP Manual

Today ACCURATE submitted a public comment to the U.S. [Election
Assistance Commission][1] (EAC) on the draft [Voting System Testing &
Certification Program (VSTCP) Manual][2]

Today ACCURATE submitted a [public comment][3] to the U.S. Election
Assistance Commission (EAC) on the draft Voting System Testing &
Certification Program (VSTCP) Manual. The [Brennan Center for
Justice][4] at NYU School of Law, the [Electronic Frontier
Foundation][5], and the [Verified Voting Foundation][6] endorsed the

The [VSTCP Manual][2] is an important document. When finalized, it
will essentially be the rulebook that the [EAC][1], vendors, and test
labs will follow throughout the testing and certification process. The
Manual also outlines the EAC's approach to publishing testing- and
certification-related information, as well as how and when the EAC
will solicit information from the public. The Manual also acknowledges
some of the critical purposes of the federal process: to support state
and local election officials and to increase voter confidence.

Although, as ACCURATE's comments acknowledge, the Manual takes some
important steps toward serving these purposes -- for example, the EAC
will publish test reports (albeit after redacting trade secret and
confidential information) -- it doesn't go far enough. In many places,
it is unclear about whether the EAC will publish certain information
at all. In others, the Manual seems to say that the EAC will give
information only to certain individuals or groups, or that it will
accept information about testing and certification issues from a
narrowly defined group.

In other areas of the testing and certification process, including
specifying testing methods and increasing test lab accountability, the
Manual doesn't do all that it could to increase voter confidence and
support state and local election officials.

These issues are all covered in detail in ACCURATE's [public


Joseph Lorenzo Hall
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