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General Information About the NIST-EAC Public Working Groups

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) are utilizing a series of public working groups to inform the development of a new version of the EAC Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG).

NIST and EAC goals are to accelerate the development and adoption of the VVSG by leading these working groups in close consultation with election officials, the federal and private sectors, standards bodies and EAC committees, academic researchers, and other members of the public. The nearer-term aim is to shorten the time needed for development and adoption of a new version of the VVSG by having all interested parties at the table at the same time. The longer-term aim is to make the process by which subsequent new VVSG versions are created and revised more nimble in responding to new technological developments in voting and in associated areas such as accessibility, security, and usability.

The NIST and the EAC areas of focus for the working groups are in voting system technology, including accessibility, usability, interoperability, security, and testing and certification. These focus areas will inform the development of VVSG requirements and the processes for VVSG revision.

For more information, see:

NIST-EAC Public Working Group Kickoff Meeting:

Date/Time: Wednesday, 11/18/2015, 3:30 p.m., Eastern Time

  • For anyone who missed the kickoff meeting, the webinar is available at: 2015-11-18-pwg-kickoff-webinar.mp4
  • Election WG Workflow and Editing Webinar (Bob Giles, from 2015-11-20 Web Conference) [hands-on intro to this WG and twiki editing in general]


Created September 3, 2015, Updated December 9, 2020