[1] EPIC Testifies Before the U.S. Election Assistance Commission
The U.S. Election Assistance Commission held the third and final public
hearing Wednesday in Denver, Colo., on the draft Voluntary Voting System
Guidelines. The commission is nearing the end of a process began last
year, which is intended guide the design of voting systems used in
public elections.
EPIC and the National Committee for Voting Integrity (NCVI)
have worked with civil rights groups, voting rights groups and
technologists to increase awareness of the threats to elections posed by
unauditable election technology. EPIC Associate Director Lillie Coney
testified before the commission and urged its members to promote
reliable, secure, accessible, transparent, accurate, and auditable
public elections.
EPIC urged the Commission to stress in the guidance strong support of
open government procedures that allow public access to the election
administration process. EPIC also urged the Commission to include
guidance that addresses the need to minimize and, wherever possible,
eliminate the threat to voters' privacy, including that of absentee
The Commission was also urged to ban the use of infrared technology in
voting systems, or to at least establish safeguards if the technology
was used because of the security risks involved. EPIC also recommended
that the Commission direct the states to prepare realistic contingency
plans in the event of electronic voting system failures that jeopardize
the completion of the election process.
Post-election analysis of 2000 and 2004, and legal challenges, which
followed these presidential elections, have identified many obstacles to
reliable public election. These include problems with: voter
registration, voter roll purges, poll place practices, accessible
polling locations, and voting technology, usability of voting
mechanisms, absentee ballot problems, and vote tabulation. Between 4 and
6 million voters were disenfranchised by the public election process in
EPIC's testimony:
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National Committee for Voting Integrity:
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