Electronic Voting Demonstration Project Research

The research described in this report was conducted to inform the project planning and execution of the Department of Defense's previously mandated electronic voting demonstration requirement.  In the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015, Congress eliminated this requirement and DoD is no longer exploring program implementation in this area. However, we believe the research and identification of outstanding questions are valuable and should be shared with the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) stakeholder community. Much of the supporting research may hold value for any future deliberations on the merits of remote electronic voting.

FVAP Final Report on the Electronic Voting Demonstration Project
This report explains the context of the research associated with the electronic voting demonstration project, and discusses the scope and purpose of the research, its limitations, conclusions and recommendations.

This comprehensive research document references all of the reports included in the electronic voting demonstration project effort. They can be accessed below.

 

FVAP previously released two reports related to the electronic voting demonstration project. Released April 28, 2015:

VSTL and PEN Test Reports

The FVAP Statement on Research Reports Related to UOCAVA System Testing explains the context of the research as it relates to FVAP's previously mandated electronic voting demonstration project. It discusses the scope and purpose of the research, its limitations, conclusions and recommendations. 

This compiled document (15 MB) includes the "Voting System Testing Laboratory (VSTL) Functionality and Security and Testing" and "Penetration (PEN) Test of a Simulated Election" reports and all accompanying appendices. Due to its large file size, the individual reports and appendices are provided below.

Voting System Testing Laboratory (VSTL) Functionality and Security Testing Report

This report describes a 2010 research effort to help inform FVAP's previously mandated electronic voting demonstration project. The VSTL testing was conducted to gauge the sufficiency of the Election Assistance Commission's Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act Pilot Program Testing Requirements and evaluate the quality of testing across VSTLs.

VSTL Functionality and Security Testing Report with Appendices (12.4 MB)

Penetration (PEN) Test of a Simulated Election Report

This report describes a 2011 research effort to help inform FVAP's previously mandated electronic voting demonstration project.  It describes penetration testing of three voting systems. It is important to note the tests were only intended to serve as a proof-of-concept for the establishment of a model design and methodology for future penetration testing.

PEN Test of a Simulated Election Report with Appendices (3.4 MB)