CRT Subcommittee Teleconference*
Thursday, February 1, 2007, 11:00 a.m. EDT


1) Administrative updates (Allan E.)
2) Document delivery plans in advance of the next TGDC plenary (Allan E.)
3) Report from the EAC Advisory Board meeting (John W.)
4) Discussion of potential requirements for e-pollbooks (John W.)
5) Any other items.

Participants: Alan Goldfine, Allan Eustis, Brit Williams, David Flater, Commissioner Donetta Davidson, John Wack, Nelson Hastings, Philip Pearce, Sharon Laskowski, Wendy Havens, Dan Schutzer

Administrative Updates (Allan Eustis):

  • Sent out an email regarding a calendar of voting events which will be posted on the web - please review for items of interest and pleas forward items of upcoming events.
  • Lucy Salah will be sending a logistics letter soon for next TGDC meeting, including travel, hotel, etc. The meeting will begin the morning of March 22, ending around 2:30 on the 23rd. Teleconference capabilities will be available for anyone not able to attend meeting.
  • Deadlines for document development process - they will be posted on the web. We plan to send to TGDC members a draft VVSG and related white papers before the meeting as per other TGDC meetings..

Report from the EAC Advisory Board (John Wack):

  • EAC Advisory board seemed like a good forum, 20 to 30 members in attendance - a good atmosphere to get work done.
  • John attended to give an overview of the TGDC meeting and discuss the resolutions.
  • People appeared to be interested in getting exported electronic records from different kinds of equipment (same vendor) to be interoperable with the consolidation software.
  • Need to make sure that software getting results from DREs or absentee ballots can talk to each other. Some errors that were discussed at the board meeting were due to programming errors.
  • Testing every piece of equipment to verify software would cause a lot of testing and take a while. Individual components of voting systems are not checked every time.
  • Best we can do is conformance to the standards.
  • Interoperability may take several years. Vendors may want to get together and do own interoperability testing.
  • To give general interoperability requirements, we would have to define interfaces.
  • There was a resolution passed at a TGDC meeting regarding common ballot format specifications - basically directing NIST to look at what sort of election markup language is out there and see if it sufficient for cast vote records, and then make a recommendation to the TGDC.
  • Second item of the board meeting: Brian Hancock and some election officials have requested VVSG 07 have some requirements for e-poll books. Currently all general requirements of VVSG 07 cover e-poll books. Concern was expressed by subcommittee members that it is too early in the development process to write functional requirements for e-poll books.
  • Philip Pearce discussed a little of his panel discussion at the board meeting, making sure that usability and accessibility were being considered when voting equipment was tested. He mentioned Jim Dickson's concerns regarding icons.

Other Issues:

Commissioner Davidson mentioned a question brought up to her at a meeting about problems with sending results over analog lines. Allan had heard the same problem in WY.


Future CRT phone meetings are scheduled for:

Thursday, February 15 at 11:00 a.m. (Topics of discussion to include technical aspects proposed for quality assurance and configuration management as well as electromagnetic requirements.)

Thursday, March 1 at 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, March 15 at 11:00 a.m.

[* Pursuant to the Help America Vote Act of 2002, the TGDC is charged with directing NIST in performing voting systems research so that the TGDC can fulfill its role of recommending technical standards for voting equipment to the EAC. This teleconference discussion served the purposes of the CRT subcommittee of the TGDC to direct NIST staff and coordinate its voting-related research relevant to the VVSG 2007. Discussions on this telecon are preliminary, pre-decisional and do not necessarily reflect the views of NIST or the TGDC.]



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