Voting systems

Standards and principles for the machinery of democracy and work on the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines

Iconic version of a map - Roadmap for Usability and Accessiblity (logo-map with direction)

Voting systems

We work with federal and state standards groups to identify the principles, guidelines, and technical requirements for all election systems, so that voting systems are usable and accessible, as well as secure.

Our work includes research to support the development of the federal Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG). Current work towards VVSG 2.0 includes a roadmap for usability and accessibility of future elections, and developing principles and a usability test for electronic poll books.

In a collaboration with Verified Voting and the National Federation of the Blind, funded by the National Institute of Standard and Technology, we created principles for remote ballot marking systems that enable accessible vote-by-mail for military and overseas voters and voters with disabilities.

During the development of VVSG 1.0 and 1.1, Whitney served on the EAC Technical Guidelines Development Committee as subcommittee chair for human factors and privacy. Dana conducted research to support plain language guidelines, usable voting system documentation, and a test for usability of the systems for poll workers.

We are also proud that the Los Angeles Voting System Assessment Project (VSAP) included the Anywhere Ballot as a key design concept and that Whitney serves on the Technical Advisory Committee for this ground-breaking project.