(1) At a minimum, a voter interface device must meet the Election Assistance Commission's (EAC) standards for Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG) version 1.0 adopted by the EAC on December 13, 2005, for accessible voting technology for electors with hearing, vision, speech, or ambulatory impairments. However, in lieu of meeting VVSG version 1.0, a voter interface device may meet VVSG versions greater than 1.0 that were adopted by the EAC on or before September 6, 2019.

(2) The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) was created for the purpose of helping states implement the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA).  The EAC is an independent, bipartisan commission charged with developing guidance to meet HAVA requirements and adopting VVSG. The VVSG are a set of specifications and requirements against which voting systems can be tested to determine if the systems meet required standards.  Some factors examined under these tests include basic functionality, accessibility, and security capabilities.  HAVA mandates that the EAC develop and maintain these requirements.

(3) VVSG copy of VVSG 1.0 may be found at: https://www.eac.gov/documents/2017/03/15/vvsg-10-vol-1-voluntary-voting-system-guidelines-vvsg/.  

History: 13-17-103, MCA; IMP, 13-17-103, MCA; NEW, 2019 MAR p. 1884, Eff. 10/19/19.