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For Immediate Release
April 15, 2002


Ron Harris
Bob Biersack
Ian Stirton
Kelly Huff



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 Commission’s website,

The witnesses will compose four panels, with the schedule as follows:

10 a.m.

Election Community Panel

Thomas Wilkey, Executive Director, New York Board of Elections

R. Doug Lewis, Executive Director, The Election Center

Britain Williams, Professor Emeritus, Kennesaw State University

Jay Nispel, Senior Principal Engineer, Computer Sciences Corp.

11 a.m.

Vendor Panel

Sanford Morganstein, Illinois Information Technology Corp.

Eugene Brassil,

Erik A. Peterson,

James Minadeo, Avante Technology

Noon - 2 p.m.

Lunch break

2 p.m.

Academic Community Panel

John O’Hara, Human Factors Project Manager, Brookhaven National Laboratory

Erik K. Antonsson, Chair, Engineering Design Research Center, California Institute of Technology

Robert Ritchie, Executive Director, The Center for Voting and Democracy

Doug Jones, Assistant Professor, University of Iowa

3 p.m.

Accessibility Panel

Jim Dickson, Executive Director, American Association of People with Disabilities (appearing on behalf of the American Council of the Blind)

David Baquis, Accessibility Specialist, U.S. Access Board

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 Commission’s 9th floor hearing room. The FEC is located at 999 E. Street NW, Washington, DC.

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