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Votetest Core Requirements Test Suite

Notes to Reviewers
Votetest Test Suite for the VVSG-NI, Version 1.0
April 1, 2009

The documents available from this page represent a test suite for certain requirements in Part 1 Section 7, Requirements by Voting Activity, of the next iteration of the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG-NI). When the VVSG-NI is approved by the Election Assistance Commission (EAC), the test suites will be available for use by voting system testing laboratories as a common basis for testing voting systems to determine conformance to the VVSG-NI.

Test suite reviewers are advised to first read and understand the VVSG-NI, especially the sections relevant to the test suites under review, before reviewing the test suites. Part 1 Section 7 can be found at:

A complete version of the VVSG-NI in HTML, MS-Word, or PDF formats can be found at

Votetest consists of its documentation and a set of data files that are bundled with it. This package is distributed as an archive file in either zip or compressed tar format. A high-level description of the contents of the Votetest distribution is given in Section 1.1 of the documentation; a more detailed description that identifies the various data files is given in Section 3.1 and Section 3.2. Sections 3.8 and 3.9 detail which requirements in Part 1 Section 7 are addressed by Votetest.


Please send comments on the test suites, by July 1, 2009, to: crt-software-test [at] (subject: Votetest%20Test%20Suite%20Version%201.0%20for%20the%20VVSG-NI) (crt-software-test[at]nist[dot]gov).

You may provide comments directly in your email and/or send attachments in MS-Word or PDF. If you wish, you may embed your comments within the Votetest PDF documentation using the instructions provided here. In general, please tell us the features you like and provide us with comments, corrections, and suggestions on how to improve the test suites. Please provide the following items:

  • Test suite version number (found in the test suite documentation, currently Version 1.0)
  • Your name and affiliation (include contact information if desired)
  • Identification of the particular tests and requirements in the VVSG-NI for which your comment applies
  • If including suggestions for changes to the tests, a description of the suggested change including an adequate justification for the change, or a draft replacement for the test including the justification and any other necessary documentation or commentary

All comments will be considered. After all comments have been received and incorporated into the test suites, a new version of the test suites will be posted on the NIST web site.

The Votetest documentation is available here in PDF or HTML.

The Votetest package, including documentation, is available here in a


Created March 24, 2010, Updated January 27, 2022