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Equal Vote
Tuesday, June 28
 
EAC Releases Voting System Guidelines
The Election Assistance Commission yesterday released for public comment its draft voting system guidelines. The guidelines include this section on security, which contains what would be the first federal standards for optional "voter verified paper audit trail" devices. If approved, the new guidelines would go into effect in October 2005. The guidelines would be "voluntary" in the sense that states are not obligated to adopt them, although 36 states have chosen to require federal certification. The press release accompanying the guidelines notes that they will be discussed at the EAC's public meeting on June 30 in New York City, and that comments will be accepted for 90 days.

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