EPIC FOIA Notes #6
June 14, 2005
Election Agency Proposes
Secret Voting Standards
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Documents obtained by EPIC under the Freedom of Information Act
reveal the complete draft standards for voting technology. The
standards, which were developed by the Election Assistance Commission,
could determine how votes will be tabulated in future elections.
Other documents obtained by EPIC reveal vendor attempts to influence
the development of the standards.
By January 1, 2006, states are required to meet the voting standards developed
by the Election Assistance Commission to receive federal funding. Most states
have already applied for or received a portion of $3 billion in federal
grants to purchase new voting technology.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have found that current voting
technology standards do not ensure accurate election results. The Election
Assistance Commission is responsible for developing standards that will
establish trust and confidence in the nation's election system.
Secret voting standards undermine trust in the nation's election
system. The public has a right to review the proposed standards
and to know if those proposed by the Election Assistance Commission
differ from the standards recommended by independent technical