Recently, the EAC and NIST rolled out a new approach to developing the next set of Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG). Since the creation of the public working groups, EAC and NIST have been working to recruit as many election officials, information technologists, accessibility professionals and virtually anyone else ready, willing and able to help to join the working groups. Earlier this month, we introduced the next phase of the project with a kick-off conference call and the creation of the public working group Twiki site. We were overwhelmed with the response as over two hundred people participated in the call.
Thanks to the leadership of our three working group chairs –Lori Augino, Robert Giles and Linda Lamone — election officials from several different states log on to the Twiki pages and upload their election process information and ideas. Earlier this month the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) contributed to the effort by holding a meeting exploring some of the larger issues that the working groups and the TGDC will tackle including COTS and the definition of a voting system for the next set of standards.
The next step is to move forward with the constituency groups to help fuel the working group process. We are fortunate that three members of the TGDC who have expertise in the areas have agreed to chair the constituency groups:
Accessibility & Usability = Diane Golden, Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs
Cyber security = David Wagner, University of California Berkeley
Interoperability = Jeramy Grey, Los Angeles County Clerk & Recorder’s Office
The purpose of these constituency groups is to provide expertise and focus on particular subject areas in order to inform the larger working group process. This will ensure that issues surrounding accessibility, security and interoperability will be appropriately addressed in each one of the working groups.