NIST to Certify Voting Machine Security, Standards

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will aid the federal Election Assistance Commission (EAC) in its efforts to verify that electronic voting machines meet federal standards. NIST will assist the EAC in creating standards that vendors of e-voting machines must comply with, as they submit their products for testing with private laboratories. “NIST will address security and wireless access,” says Brian Hancock, director of voting systems certification for the EAC. Other standards exist such as for usability, performance, and accessibility, and NIST will also focus on these areas as well. Hancock says the EAC wants NIST to concentrate on developing tests, which will be carried out by private labs, that are transparent. Meanwhile, Ian Piper, a representative of the Election Technology Council of the Information Technology Association of America, who is also director of compliance for vendor Diebold Election Systems, says the EAC needs to make testing standards more consistent and stop changing requirements all the time. Over a third of U.S. voters will cast their ballots on e-voting machines this year, says EAC Chairman Paul DeGregorio.

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