EAC Certifies ES&S Unity 126.96.36.199 Voting System
By EAC Media Release
July 21, 2009
The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) today certified the Unity 188.8.131.52 optical scan voting system by Election Systems & Software to the 2002 Voting System Standards. It is the second voting system to achieve federal certification under the EAC Voting System Testing and Certification Program.
An EAC certification means that a voting system has met the requirements of the federal guidelines by passing a series of comprehensive tests conducted by a federally accredited test laboratory. Manufacturers of certified systems must also meet technical and ethical standards that ensure the integrity of the process and the system as it goes from the test lab to production and into the marketplace.
Laboratory test plans, test reports and related information about the Unity 184.108.40.206 are posted at www.eac.gov, along with an outline describing each step of the certification process.
Certification became official today with ES&S demonstrating compliance with the following final certification requirements:
--Rebuild the voting system in a trusted environment, known as a "trusted build" (this is performed by the accredited test lab)
--Provide software identification tools to EAC so that whoever purchases the system can verify its authenticity
--Provide voting system software for EAC repository
--Agree in writing to all EAC certification conditions and program requirements
Launched in 2007, EAC's certification program marks the first time the
federal government has tested and certified voting systems. The program
is authorized by the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), and is
voluntary--states are not required to use EAC-certified voting systems,
or to test their systems against federal standards. At least 12 states
require the use of federally certified voting machines. EAC certified its first voting system, a direct recording electronic (DRE) device called the MicroVote EMS 4.0, on February 6, 2009.
Seven voting systems remain in EAC's Testing and Certification Program.
They include Dominion Voting Democracy Suite, ES&S Unity 220.127.116.11
and Unity 18.104.22.168 w. ATS 1.3, ES&S Unity 4.0, Premier (formerly
Diebold) Assure 1.2, Sequoia WinEDS 4.0.34, Unisyn OpenElect Voting
System, and Avante Optical Vote-Trakker. To participate in the program,
manufacturers must register with the EAC, fill out an application, and
select a federally accredited test laboratory to conduct testing to the
applicable voting system guidelines.
EAC Quality Monitoring ProgramEAC
monitors all voting systems it certifies through its Quality Monitoring
Program. The program requires manufacturers to submit reports whenever
a federally certified system experiences an irregularity. It also
requires manufacturers to notify EAC if it modifies a certified
system's hardware, software or firmware. EAC will also conduct site
visits of accredited test laboratories and participating manufacturer
Real Time Program Updates
The public is notified about program updates through an RSS feed,
weekly newsletter, press releases and frequent updates at www.eac.gov.
Visitors can access thousands of documents about testing and
certification, including test plans and reports, correspondence,
registered participants and other program updates. A video about the
process is also available on the EAC Web site.
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