Guidelines Development Committee (TGDC)
Human Factors and Privacy Subcommittee (HFP)*
March 2, 2007
Updates and planning for March TGDC meeting (Allan Eustis)
2. Summary of VVSG HFP draft being submitted today.
3. Summary of joint HFP-STS SI and accessibility discussion from 2/1
4. Status of safety requirements, based on earlier 2/2 NIST internal
5. Status of usability benchmarks and how to proceed with HFP subcommittee
6. Other issues
telecon is scheduled for: Friday, March 9, 2007 at 11 AM ET
Alexis Scott-Morrison, Allan Eustis, John Cugini, John Wack, Mat Masterson
(EAC), Nelson Hastings, Sharon Laskowski, Sharon Turner-Buie, Tricia Mason,
Updates (Allan Eustis):
- WRT recording
of last joint telcon, we were able to filter out a lot of the noise
from the joint HFP/STS meeting on the 3/1 so it's a little easier to
understand Whitney's comments. (Posted at:http://vote.nist.gov/HFP/HFPSTS030107.mp3)
Plenary Meeting: Informal reception on the evening of the first day's
meeting (22nd) at 6:00 p.m. The internal website <http://vote.nist.gov/TGDC/TGDCmeeting032207.htm>
is beginning to be populated with information for the meeting. CDs will
be mailed as usual to arrive one week in advance. Completed Portions
of the draft VVSG will be included. A draft agenda will be distributed
- The HFP
VVSG chapter draft for review at the plenary has been submitted for
printing as a draft meeting document. Document is pretty much the same
as discussed at meeting when we went over it point by point. Any problem
areas are indicated in brackets.
- Had an
internal discussion regarding system safety requirements. At one point
we had an OSHA citation that has now been resolved. We will be citing
U.L. 60950 in the VVSG. There should be a requirement regarding the
test labs performing the tests or subcontracting them out.
- HFP had
a joint meeting with STS on March 1 regarding SI and accessibility issues.
Action item was to rewrite the white paper making technical changes
and adding explanations. John Cugini has drafted a tentative requirement:
complicated discussion - bottom line is that relying on audio is
probably OK, because audio would be verified/tested by sighted voters.
It is desirable to urge vendors to supply a reading mechanisms that
could take paper ballot and get it read directly. [Draft statement:
If voting station generates a paper record for the purpose of allowing
voters to verify by their ballot choices, then the system should
provide a mechanism that can read that record and generate an audio
representation of its contents.] The use of this mechanism is available
to voters with dexterity disabilities.
allows voters with sight disabilities to verify their ballots even
if indirectly. The verification depends on the integrity of the
mechanism. It does not depend on the internal electronic record
of the system. SI is for the integrity of the system as a whole.
of usability benchmarks and how to proceed: We have received an initial
technical report on the first round of tests that says our experiments
to develop these benchmarks have validity. We have data that can be
presented at the plenary meeting. Sharon will put together a summary
for presenting. We will conduct further tests in the May/June timeframe.
Wack expressed concerns about usability and paper records. Frustrated
that TGDC is appearing to mandate inaccurate elections by mandating
paper. (Manual counting is inaccurate and SI does not mandate this.)
One area overlooked is usability of paper records that effect poll workers
and election officials. John is concerned about reconciliation. It is
an important step for auditing purposes.
Wack requested that election officials on the TGDC read material and
offer comments regarding usability. Sharon Turner-Buie and Alexis Scott-Morrison
mentioned that a possibility for the following plenary meeting would be
end of May.
that he had received notice that Senator Obama had introduced a bill to
amend HAVA creating a new office for a voter advocate at the EAC. (See:
adjourned at 11:30 a.m.
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 serves the purposes of the HFP 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
and do not necessarily reflect the views of NIST or the TGDC.]
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