Voting System Standards

From: Douglas W_dot_ Jones <jones_at_cs_dot_uiowa_dot_edu>
Date: Sun Jul 27 2003 - 09:46:43 CDT

These standards contain extensive rules that any voting system must
satisfy -- behavioral rules, handicapped accessibility rules and
software development rules.

These standards aren't fun reading, but they've been enacted into
law by the majority of the states, and voting systems that don't
conform are thrown out without apology.

There are also big problems with these standards. The IEEE
is currently working on better standards; if you look at the
web pages of the IEEE technical committee P1583, you'll find
draft standards and discussions of the drafts. These are better,
but just as maddening to read, and far from perfect.

                                Doug Jones
Received on Sun, 27 Jul 2003 09:46:43 -0500

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