DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Revised Electronic Voting System Examination Directive
[48 Pa.B. 2256]
[Saturday, April 14, 2018]
The Secretary of the Commonwealth (Secretary) has revised the Directive Concerning the Conduct of Electronic Voting System Examinations by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (Directive). The Directive is issued by the Secretary to voting system vendors seeking an electronic voting system examination in the Commonwealth and governs the conduct for all electronic voting system examinations.
The most recent changes to the Directive align with another directive issued by the Secretary on February 9, 2018, requiring voter-verifiable paper records or voter-verifiable paper ballots of the votes cast by a voter.
The following are the major changes to the voting system examination Directive as noted in paragraph 19 of the Directive:
• COSTARS-10 contracts will expire in 2019 and cannot be renewed for 2020 and beyond.
• Vendors interested in offering voting systems in this Commonwealth going forward must meet the updated requirements in the new Invitation for Bids, COSTARS-39, released on April 2, 2018. Detailed information about how to qualify for the new contract can be found at http://www. emarketplace.state.pa.us/Solicitations.aspx?SID=COSTARS-39.
• In the meantime, both the COSTARS-10 and COSTARS-39 contracts can run concurrently so that counties under the earlier contracts maintain coverage provided by those agreements, such as maintenance and training, until new voting systems are procured.
In addition to the previously listed changes, a minor update has been added to paragraph 3. All voting systems examined by the Department of State (Department) will also be tested against any standards adopted by the Secretary regarding resiliency and auditability.
The revised Directive is available on the Department's web site at www.dos.pa.gov (select ''Voting & Elections,'' then ''Policies, Statistics & Other Services,'' then ''Voting Systems''). For more information, contact Sindhu Ramachandran, Voting System Analyst, Bureau of Commissions, Elections and Legislation, (717) 525-5743, firstname.lastname@example.org.
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 18-585. Filed for public inspection April 13, 2018, 9:00 a.m.]
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