Under California law, a voting system and any modification to a voting system must be approved by the Secretary of State before it can be used in any election.
When a voting system is brought to California for review, the Secretary of State conducts a thorough examination and review of the proposed system that includes:
The Secretary of State’s examination and review process is designed to test the system for compliance with the California Voting System Standards. Here is a summary of the key differences between the EAC and California processes:
|Application & Documentation||A technical data package (TDP) is submitted by the vendor to the EAC. The TDP identifies the voting system design, operation, functionality, hardware, software, security, maintenance, and other system requirements.||The California Voting System Standards section 9 describes the technical data package that shall be submitted by the vendor.|
|Software||Examines system source code for its compliance with the EAC’s Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG).||Examines system source code for compliance with the California Voting Systems Standards.|
|Security||Determines if the system can detect, prevent, log and recover form a broad range of security risks.||Examines the system for compliance with California Voting Systems Standards.|
|Hardware||Evaluates whether the voting system hardware can withstand exposure to environmental conditions, including varying and extreme temperatures, humidity, vibrations, and inconsistent voltage.||
Evaluates the hardware to the California Voting System Standards.
|Functional||Determines if the voting system can perform each function required by federal law.||
Determines if the voting system can perform to the standards required by the California Voting System Standards.
|Accessibility||Requires vendor to provide the EAC with results from third-party accessibility testing.||
Independently contracts with third-party accessibility experts to conduct accessibility testing.