Executive Order on Promoting Access to Voting
Promoting Access to Voting: Recommendations for Addressing Barriers to Private
and Independent Voting for People with Disabilities
**FINAL REPORT RELEASED**
In order for voters to vote as they intend, privately and independently, it is vital that accessibility and human factors considerations are included during election system design and development.
NIST has a decades-long history of addressing the accessibility and usability of voting systems and processes based on human factors technical research and collaborations with subject matter experts. Drawing on this expertise and using its robust stakeholder engagement mechanisms, NIST conducts research in election systems to champion voters and election workers throughout the voting process.
Our stakeholders include not only election officials, system developers, and voting system test laboratories (VSTLs), but also voter advocates.
NIST performs research that examines the role of human factors in the design and application of next generation election systems, including:
|01/2023||NIST VTS 400-5||Handbook for VVSG 2.0 Usability and Accessibility Test Strategies: A report on guidance and resources for how to test voting systems|
|01/2023||NIST VTS 100-1||Administering Accessible Vote by Mail Systems: Challenges and Innovations in Elections Offices|
|12/22/2015||NISTIR 8047||Cloud-based Accessibility for Voting Applications|
|1/5/2012||NISTGCR 12-956||Development of Appropriate Test Markings for Optical Scan Voting Machines, Phase 2: Analysis of Ballot Markings|
|5/2/2011||Paper||Development of Appropriate Test Markings for Optical Scan Voting Machines, Phase 1: Ballot Scanning and Collection|
|5/2009||NISTIR 7596||Guidelines for Writing Clear Instructions and Messages for Voters and Poll Workers|
|5/2009||NISTIR 7556||Report of Findings: Use of Language in Ballot Instructions|
|10/2008||NISTIR 7537||Guidelines for Using Color in Voting Systems|
|8/2008||NISTIR 7519||Style Guide for Voting System Documentation|
|5/2004||NIST SP 500-256||Improving the Usability and Accessibility of Voting Systems and Products|
Webinars on the VVSG 2.0 draft Requirements: Improving the Accessibility and Usability of Voting Systems
VVSG 2.0 Draft Requirements - Part 1: Introducing the Human Factors Requirements
Part 1: Introducing the Human Factors Requirements Slides: PPT or PDF
VVSG 2.0 Draft Requirements - Part 2: Updates to Best Practices and New Technologies for Voting Systems
Part 2: Updates to Best Practices and New Technologies for Voting Systems Slides: PPT or PDF