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|For Immediate Release
April 15, 2002
FOURTEEN SLATED TO TESTIFY APRIL 17 ON PROPOSED VSS
WASHINGTON A public hearing scheduled for Wednesday, April 17, at the Federal Election Commission will feature 14 witnesses commenting on proposed voluntary standards for computerized voting systems.
The Voting Systems Standards (VSS) were originally promulgated in 1990. Technological and commercial innovations in the last decade demanded that the Standards be updated and the project to revise them was begun in 1998. Volume I of the Standards provides functional and technical requirements for a number of system types and configurations. Volume II provides testing specifications for requirements in Volume I. Both volumes are available at the Commissions website, http://www.fec.gov/pages/vss/vss.html.
The witnesses will compose four panels, with the schedule as follows:
The final VSS documents will not become part of the Code of Federal Regulations because they are intended only as guidelines for states and voting system vendors. States may mandate the specifications and procedures through their own statutes, regulations, or administrative rules. Voting system vendors may voluntarily adhere to the standards to ensure the reliability, accuracy, and integrity of their products.
Comment period for the draft Standards expired on February 1, 2002. Twenty-seven sets of comments from 23 parties were received by the Commission in response to the December 13, 2001, release. Federal Register notice is 2002-4, Vol. 67, No. 56, March 22, 2002, p. 13334. (See FEC news release April 1, 2002.)
The hearing will be conducted in the Commissions 9th floor hearing room. The FEC is located at 999 E. Street NW, Washington, DC.
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