Guidelines Development Committee (TGDC)
Human Factors and Privacy Subcommittee (HFP)*
April 26, 2007
Updates (Allan Eustis)
2. Run through of current version of Usability and Accessibility VVSG
chapter to discuss proposed edits and issues.
3. Other issues
Alexis Scott Morrison, Allan Eustis, Commissioner Davidson (EAC), David
Baquis (U.S. Access Board), John Cugini, Jon Crickenberger (NVLAP), Mat
Masterson (EAC), Sharon Laskowski, Steve Freeman (NVLAP), Wendy Havens
Updates (Allan Eustis):
week's CRT time slot on Thursday, May 3rd will be offered to STS. (Note:
Since the meeting, this has changed - May 3rd there will be no subcommittee
of Usability and Accessibility Chapter (John Cugini):
of today's HFP meeting was to go over recent changes and issues of the
HFP chapter of the VVSG. There will be a final iteration of changes after
this via telcon before the May plenary.
Special Terminology - Common Industry Format (CIF)
We talked about getting a customized version but will not be able to by
July deadline. We will put together a template to provide guidance so
vendors don't have to second guess. Template will be ready after draft
VVSG is released. Comment to be deleted in delivered version.
- A & C - Overall Effectiveness/Satisfaction
We don't have benchmarks for this yet. Completing tests of 100 users by
June 1st. Calculations will be completed by June 15th. HFP will have a
telecom with TGDC members to go over these numbers once received. HFP
will write a white paper to explain how we got these numbers. Currently
there is a hole in the standard.
- Ability to Vote Without Human Assistance
We have one metric among many. We are not going to render human assistance
because we want to see how people do by themselves. There is not way of
counting. We are not proposing we do. It would be in as an untested requirement.
We do not have the money to do separate tests and protocols. The question
is whether we should leave this requirement in or remove. Consensus at
meeting was to remove. Sharon will discuss with Whitney.
- Vendor Testing
This is a formatting issue that we think we've solved. Vendors must do
usability testing and report results. The question is whether it goes
in this chapter or the reporting section. The proposal is to keep requirement
here and put the consolidate report in Volume 4. This issue applies to
6 or 7 requirements under this section.
- Notification of Ballot Casting
This is a new requirement. It was in the CRT section but should be in
the HFP chapter. This just states that there should be a signal when a
ballot has been cast and a signal when it hasn't or a lengthy period of
- Completeness of Instructions
Used to say voting systems would provide instruction for operations. Changed
to clarify that each voting station must provide instructions.
- Visual Access to VVPAT
Current thinking is that this requirement belongs with other VVPAT requirements.
(It will remain written as is unless there are objections.) Sharon to
check on status of latest VVPAT section to make sure it gets moved there.
- Accidental Activation
This is not controversial. Whitney has asked for a new discussion to be
added for explanation of requirement.
- Clarity of System Messages for Poll Workers
Added a section stating that all messages for poll workers be written
in plain language as well as the instructions for voters.
1.3 - Accessibility
We added a statement that all requirements for usability apply to all
systems, including accessible voting systems. Mat suggested a wording
change to clarify.
- Accessibility Throughout Voting System and 1.3.1.A.1 - Documentation
of Accessibility Procedures
Added per request by Whitney. These requirements are to make sure there
is ability to evaluate system at a higher lever - the end-to-end requirements.
These are the new draft requirements - Sharon will run them by Whiteny.
David Baquis supports these in as there consistent with ADA section 508.
- Accessibility of Paper-Based Vote Verification
This was discussed at the last TGDC plenary meeting and was written based
on the resolution passed at that meeting. STS does not feel that is adds
much for security. David Baquis had comments about whether it was necessary
or should be elevated to higher level to cover all disabilities. His comments
will be posted on the public comments page of the TGDC website.
- Ballot Submission
This is for voters with dexterity problems. It is a carryover from the
05 requirements. Is it practical, would it stop EBMs from being certified?
No one wants to change it.
major changes were discussed, John Cugini ran through the document to
discuss small wording changes that clarified requirements; changed wording
to make them in plain language; and/or added discussions for clarification
adjourned at 12:00 p.m.
telecon is scheduled for: Friday, May 4, 2007 at 11 AM ET
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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