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Future of Voting Systems Symposium


The Election Assistance Commission (EAC) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are sponsoring a two and a half day symposium to explore emerging trends in voting system technology with the diverse election community at large. The sponsoring organizations seek to have lively discussion on the following topics:

  • Why some jurisdictions are exploring building their own voting systems
  • Trends in voting system technology acquisition and deployment plans
  • How election officials, manufactures and academics view the future of voting system technologies
  • Alternative standard development processes for voting systems
  • Alternative methods for voting system testing and certification at the Federal and State level

The symposium will provide an environment for interactive discussions among the attendees including election officials, voting system manufacturers, voting system test laboratories, standard developers, academics, and Federal, State, and local government officials. The symposium will encourage attendee participation through panel discussions with limited presentations to frame the topics to be explored. The first day of the symposium will explore voting system technology trends seen by election officials, voting system manufacturers. The second day of the symposium will explore alternative ways for voting system standards development, testing, and certification that support the trends identified on the first day. The final half-day will discuss technologies that can lead to more usable, accessible and secure voting systems, and conclude with an open discussion session with the attendees. The discussions for the symposium will be used by the organizations to increase the efficiency and agility of the standardization, testing, and certification processes for future voting system technologies.

Call for Participation

Program & Presentations [Printable Program 


The event was webcast live February 26-28, 2013. An archive of the webcast is available at http://www.nist.gov/itl/csd/ct/future-voting-webcast.cfm 

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Poster and Demonstration Session

The symposium will include a poster and demonstration session held in conjunction with a reception on the evening of the first day of the symposium. Participates with novel voting system technology designs are highly encouraged to submit a poster or demonstration proposal for this session.

Proposals for the poster and demonstration session can be submitted to future-voting@nist.gov. They should include the title of the proposal, a description or summary not to exceed 300 words, and the name, affiliation and e-mail address of the primary submitter. 

Individuals proposing demonstrations should include a description of any special needs. In general, submitters are expected to be responsible for all materials necessary to conduct their presentation, but symposium organizers will attempt to make reasonable accommodations on a case-by-case basis.

Submitters of accepted poster proposals must prepare all poster materials in advance of the symposium, and bring all printouts and illustrations. Posters should not exceed 4’ by 3’ (1.21m by .091m).

Important Dates

Poster submissions due: February 8, 2013 - EXTENDED!
Poster acceptance notification: February 13, 2013
Hotel reservation deadline: February 11, 2013
Registration deadline: February 20, 2013
Symposium: February 26-28, 2013


Start Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2013
End Date: Thursday, February 28, 2013
Location: NIST-Gaithersburg, MD - Administration Building/Green Auditorium
Audience: Industry, Government, Academia
Format: Symposium


Registration Fee: $270.00

All attendees must be pre-registered to gain entry to the NIST campus. Photo identification must be presented at the main gate to be admitted to the conference. International attendees are required to present a passport. Attendees must wear their conference badge at all times while on the campus. There is no on-site registration for meetings held at NIST. 

Registration is closed.

Registration is not required to view the webcast. 


Workshop registration does not include your hotel reservation, however, a block of rooms has been reserved at the Gaithersburg Hilton. 

Gaithersburg Hilton
620 Perry Parkway
Gaithersburg, Maryland
(301) 977-8900

Reference/Room Block: NIST
Room Rate: $129+ taxes

Reservation deadline has been extended to February 11, 2013

SHUTTLE: There will be a shuttle leaving the Gaithersburg Hilton Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings to travel to NIST. The shuttle will return to the hotel at the end of the poster/demo reception on Tuesday and at the conclusion of the meetings on Wednesday and Thursday. Morning departure times:

  • Tuesday: 7:45 a.m.
  • Wednesday & Thursday: 8:00 a.m.

NEW! Shuttle will return to Gaithersburg Hilton Thursday at 12:15p.m.

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