[Federal Register Volume 67, Number 56 (Friday, March 22, 2002)]
[Page 13334]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 02-6948]



[Notice 2002-4]

The Voting System Standards and an Opportunity to Publicly Voice 
Previously Submitted Comments

AGENCY: Federal Election Commission.

ACTION: Notice of public hearing.


SUMMARY: The Federal Election Commission is announcing a public hearing 
on the December 13, 2001, release of the Voting System Standards.

DATES: The hearing will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 17, 
2002. All requests to testify must be received by the Commission by 
April 7, 2002. Requests to testify are limited to election officials, 
members of the National Association of State Election Directors' Voting 
System Standards Board, and those parties who have previously submitted 
written comments to the June 16, 2001, and/or December 13, 2001, 
release of the Voting System Standards.

ADDRESSES: Requests to testify should be addressed to Penelope Bonsall, 
Director of the Office of Election Administration, and must be 
submitted in either written or electronic form. Due to recent delays in 
mail service to government offices, electronic or fax submissions are 
encouraged to ensure timeliness. Written requests to testify should be 
sent to the Federal Election Commission, 999 E Street, NW., Washington, 
DC 20463. Faxed requests should be sent to (202) 219-8500, with printed 
copy follow-up to insure legibility. Electronic mail requests should be 
sent to [email protected]. Persons sending requests by electronic mail must 
include their full name, electronic mail address and postal service 
address within the text of the request. Commission hearings are held in 
the Commission's ninth floor meeting room, 999 E Street, NW., 
Washington, DC.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Penelope Bonsall, Director of the 
Office of Election Administration, 999 E Street, NW., Washington, DC 
20463, (202) 694-1095 or (800) 424-9530, ext. 1095.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Voting System Standards (the 
``Standards'') were originally promulgated in 1990. Technological and 
commercial innovations during the last decade have demanded that the 
Standards be updated, and the project to revise them was begun in 1998. 
The revised Standards have two volumes. Volume I provides functional 
and technical requirements for a number of system types and 
configurations. Volume II provides testing specifications for the 
requirements in Volume I. Both Volumes are available at the 
Commission's web site (http://www.fec.gov/pages/vss/vss.html). The 
Commission previously released for public comment a draft of the first 
volume on June 16, 2001. 66 FR 35978. During this comment period, the 
Commission received 38 sets of comments from 39 parties. Subsequently, 
the Commission released the entire draft Standards on December 13, 
2001. 66 FR 65708. The comment period for the December 13, 2001, draft 
release ended on February 1, 2002. FR Notice 2001. Twenty-seven sets of 
comments from twenty-three parties were received by the Commission in 
response to the December 13, 2001, release. Four commenters requested 
to testify at a public hearing if one is held.
    After considering these requests and the other comments received to 
date in response to the notice, the Commission believes a public 
hearing would be helpful in considering the issues raised by the draft 
Standards. The hearing will be held at 10:00 a.m. on April 17, 2002.

    Dated: March 18, 2002.
David M. Mason,
Chairman, Federal Election Commission.
[FR Doc. 02-6948 Filed 3-21-02; 8:45 am]