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December 4, 2007
Secretary Chapman and Judge Ingram Work on Voting Guidelines over the Holidays

MONTGOMERY – Secretary of State Beth Chapman and Clay County Probate Judge George Ingram will represent Alabama at the United State Election Assistance Commission December 11-14, 2007 in Austin, Texas to consider presentations on the proposed Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG). The board is composed of 110 members drawn from State and local election officials from across the country.


The Help America Vote Act established the EAC Standards Board to advise the Election Assistance Commission, review proposed voluntary voting system guidelines, and provide the EAC with technical guidance. The Standards Board will develop a set of voluntary voting system guidelines with specifications and requirements against which voting systems can be tested to determine if the systems provide all of the basic functionality, accessibility and security capabilities required of these systems.


“It was an honor to appoint Judge George Ingram to this very important board,” Secretary Chapman said.  “He is a gentleman who has a vast amount of experience to represent our state in this national arena.”


The EAC’s Technical Guidelines Development Committee (TGDC) submitted the guidelines and other administrative matters that the Standards Board will review to formulate recommendations. The objective of the Board is to advise the EAC as outlined in Title II Part 3 of the Help America Vote Act, and Title III of HAVA.


The Help America Vote Act requires the EAC Standards Board to have partisan and geographic balance. Members of the board are not compensated for their service and in addition the taxpayers of Alabama do not bear the burden of the costs associated with their service on this board.




For more information, visit Secretary of State John H. Merrill’s Web Site: