Elections: 2007 Survey of State Voting System Programs (GAO-08-1147SP, September 2008), an E-supplement to GAO-08-874

Testing for Election Use

44. Testing for election use includes any testing that is performed after voting systems have initially been approved for use.

Did your state require any of the following tests on any voting systems used for the November 2006 general election?
(Check one in each row)
    Required Not Required Don't know
  a. Logic and accuracy (To verify the voting system is functioning properly, usually by confirming that predictable outputs are produced from predefined inputs)
  b. Security (To verify the security capabilities of voting system meets state requirements and/or vulnerabilities are identified and addressed)
  c. Election day parallel (To verify accurate performance of voting system through random selection and systematic evaluation of operational systems)
  d. Post-election audit (To uncover evidence of problems with voting system or election processes)
  e. Other (describe below)
   

  f. If applicable, briefly describe other required tests:

45. If any of the following tests on voting systems were performed for the November 2006 general election, who performed the tests?
(Check all that apply in each row)
    Tests not performed State election personnel Experts or consultants Local jurisdictions Contractors State Auditor or equivalent Vendors Other (describe below) Don't know
  a. Logic and accuracy
  b. Security
  c. Election day parallel
  d. Post-election audit
  e. Other (describe below)
   

  f. If applicable, briefly describe other tests performed and by whom:

46. For the November 2006 general election, how much of a challenge, if at all, was each of the following areas for your state (or local jurisdictions) regarding any testing of voting systems for election use?
(Check one in each row)
    Major challenge Minor challenge Not a challenge Not applicable or not done by the state Don't know
  a. Defining appropriate tests and datasets
  b. Having sufficient funding
  c. Having sufficient staff
  d. Having sufficient training to perform testing activities
  e. Resolving problems in time for election
  f. Ensuring voters' concerns had been considered
  g. Completing testing prior to the election
  h. Getting information and/or access to testing information or results from other states/jurisdictions
  i. Other (describe below)
   

  j. If applicable, briefly describe other areas:

47. For any area identified in Q46 as a major challenge, please describe why it was a challenge and how your state addressed this challenge.

48. Did your state or local jurisdiction conduct any post-election audits for the 2006 election cycle?
(Check one)
1.
2. (Click here to go to question 50.)
3. (Click here to go to question 50.)

49. (If "Yes" to 48) Please describe the reasons for conducting the audit, what activities were conducted, and how the results were used.


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