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Election reform, the Voting Rights Act, the Help America Vote Act, and related topics -- with special attention to the voting rights of people of color, non-English proficient citizens, and people with disabilities

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Equal Vote
Thursday, August 25
EAC Voting System Certification Plan
At its public meeting in Denver this week, the EAC adopted this interim plan for the testing and certification of voting systems. Government Computer News has this report. Under section 231 of HAVA, the EAC is required to "provide for the testing, certification, decertification, and recertification of voting system hardware and software by accredited laboratories." The interim plan provides for independent testing authorities that are already accredited by the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED) to be temporarily accredited by EAC, until such time as the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program program is up and running. That won't be for another 18 months or so. If I understand this correctly, the bottom line appears to be that the present system of ITA certification will effectively remain in place for a while, at least until spring 2007.

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