Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Clarifying NIST's role in evaluating voting systems

Regarding my recent post about the Electronic voting systems, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), HAVA, and the EAC: I received an email correcting and amending my post, and thought I should share it here.

The reports and materials referenced in the NY Times story are available at NIST's website.

I've been told that the report which garnered so much press coverage is not an official NIST document. To quote from the email:

Though not available on the EAC site, the reports are available on the NIST site (. I want to take a minute to point out though that the original report authored by NIST and the Security and Transparency Subcommittee (STS) of the TGDC (PaperOnSIinVVSG2007-20061120.pdf), that got so much press was not an official NIST position as explained by NIST Director William Jeffrey in his testimony to the EAC last week -remarks.pdf) and by the QA website NIST posted to try to clarify some of the misunderstandings of the report information public_affairs/factsheet/draftvotingreport.htm

Most importantly though, the TGDC adopted as well as voted down a number of resolutions:
http://vote.nist.gov/AdoptedResolutions12040506.pdf

http://vote.nist.gov/failedres12040506TGDC.pdf


Thanks to the contact! We at election updates are always trying to keep things accurate and informative. We appreciate it when we're emailed corrections and amendments. Keep them coming!

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I will vote if you can answer my problems with the way we have voting processes set up in America

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