Yesterday the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) released it’s online comment tool for commenting on the next iteration of the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines. Released in August by the EAC, this version is the first full rewrite of the standards in some time. The current version of the guidelines (sans commenting capability) is available online.
The comment tool is organized so that you can make a comment for each specific piece of the VVSG within the document. Public comments can also be reviewed, though there will be a few days delay in posting public comments.
This begins the first of two 120 day comment periods the EAC will hold prior to finalizing the guidelines. After the first comment period ends (the EAC website lists no deadline, but assuming it started on October 31 – the release date of the comment tool – it should end around February 28, 2008) the EAC will review the comments and incorporate them into the guidelines – along with feedback from their advisory boards. They will then start the second comment period.
It’s a large document, so you can’t start reviewing it for comment too early.