VVSG Structure


This topic is for the discussion and development of the structure of the Next Generation VVSG.

  • An initial document capturing preliminary thoughts on scope and structure is located here in MS-word and PDF formats.


The structure section of the VVSG Scope and Structure Document contains six subsections that summarize an approach to developing standards for emerging voting system technologies based on a structure of principles and guidelines.

In order to illustrate the details of this structure based on high level principles, we have focused our analysis, in this section, on the human factors of voting systems. It is our intention is that it will serve as a model for developing standards that support security, commercial-off-the-shelf hardware, software, and other aspects of voting systems, while at the same time be responsive to the evolving technology landscape.

The structure section of the VVSG Scope and Structure Document is intended to help elicit feedback from the election community on the future structure and scope of the voting standards. Together with use case scenarios, they drive gap analysis as well.

Request for Feedback

Specifically, we are requesting your feedback on this approach to structuring the Next Generation VVSG requirements.

Please consider these questions:

  1. Is this organization based on high level principles and guidelines useful to you? Why? How would you use a standards document structured in this way?

  2. Is the proposed document format style in Subsection 4 useful?

  3. Do you have suggestions for improvement? Is something missing?

  4. Is the analysis helpful?

  5. What do you think the next steps should be?


The five subsections of the structure section of the VVSG Scope and Structure Document include:

  1. Usability and accessibility principles and guidelines.

  2. Analysis of the human factors challenges in developing standards for emerging technologies for voting systems.

  3. A set of tables containing voting system requirements reorganized under the principles and guidelines which have been annotated to identify gaps and possible updates. This also shows how other accessibility standards can be integrated with the voting system requirements. It is a baseline that will serve to drive feedback from the election community. We expect to see lots of changes as we move forward.

  4. Illustration of how the design of structure of the standards could provide a more intuitive way for election officials as well as advocates, developers, and test labs to find, understand, and navigate the guidelines, requirements, and test assertions to find the information they need.

  5. Example of how an Election Official (EO) might use the new structure when preparing to procure an electronic ballot marking tablet through a mockup of a subset of the requirements under Principle 3: Marked as Intended. This mockup is based on the requirements reorganized as in the tables in number 3 above.


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