The Technical Guidelines Development Committee Approves Voluntary Voting System Guidelines 2.0

Earlier this week, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission’s Technical Guidelines Development Committee (TGDC) convened in Silver Springs, Maryland where they approved the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines 2.0 (VVSG 2.0).

The TGDC was formed from The Help America Vote Act, where it was established as a 15-member committee to assist the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) in the development of voluntary voting system guidelines in the States. Three of CSG’s Overseas Voting Initiative working group members are members of the TGDC as designated August 30, 2017: Robert Giles, Director of Elections, New Jersey Department of State; Lori Augino, Director of Elections, Washington State; and Neal Kelley, Registrar of Voters, Orange County, CA.

The TGDC creates the voting system guidelines to be used as a test for ensuring voting systems deployed in the States meet the requirements and specifications of mandatory standards set in place by HAVA. As the guidelines themselves are voluntary, the States may then choose to adopt all or certain portions of the guidelines prior to the effective date. The guidelines create a foundation for States to then use innovative means to build the ideal voting experience for each jurisdiction.

The VVSG 2.0 draft that passed unanimously in the committee focuses on principles and guidelines for improving accessibility and auditability of voting systems, which the TGDC and others hope will continue to improve the security and integrity of elections.

Next steps for the VVSG 2.0 draft include review from the EAC’s Board of Advisors and Standards Board followed by a 90-day period for public comment on the drafted guidelines, and then expected to be completed by 2018.

The VVSG 2.0 draft can be found here.

For more information on the guidelines, the EAC’s press release can be found here.



In September 2013, CSG launched a four-year, $3.2 million cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) to improve the return rate of overseas absentee ballots from service members and U.S. citizens abroad. The link to CSG’s Overseas Voting Initiative can be found here: