The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) today certified the Election Management System (EMS) 4.0 by MicroVote General Corporation. It is the first voting system to achieve federal certification under the EAC Voting System Testing and Certification Program.
An EAC certification indicates that a voting system has met the requirements of the federal voluntary voting system guidelines by successfully passing a series of comprehensive tests conducted by a federally accredited test laboratory. Certified systems must also meet technical and ethical standards that ensure the integrity of the system as it goes from the test lab to production and into the marketplace.
The EAC admitted the EMS 4.0 into its program on Aug. 15, 2007.
SysTest is one of five laboratories that were accredited by the EAC to test voting systems under the EAC’s voluntary program. The EAC accredited SysTest on February 21, 2007 based on a recommendation from NIST.
NIST suspended SysTest due to numerous non-conformities with the NIST Handbook 150-22 Voting System Testing, which sets forth the procedures, requirements and guidance for the accreditation of testing and calibration laboratories by the National Voting Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP). Non-conformities included failure to create and validate test methods, improper documentation of testing and unqualified personnel.
Does anyone else get a sense that nothing is happening to get working, secure voting machines in front of voters, and that it’s not happening very quickly?