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Draft: NISTIR 7711 Security Best Practices for the Electronic Transmission of UOCAVA Election Materials

The first public draft of NISTIR 7711 (PDF format) Security Best Practices for the Electronic Transmission of UOCAVA Election Materials, is now available for public comment. This document outlines the basic process for the distribution of election material including registration material and blank ballots to UOCAVA voters.  It describes the technologies that can be used to support the electronic dissemination of election material along with security techniques – both technical and procedural – that can protect this transfer.  The purpose of the document is to inform Election Officials about the current technologies and techniques that can be used to improve the delivery of election material for UOCAVA voters. 

This document is part of a series of documents that address the UOCAVA voting.  The first NIST publication on UOCAVA voting, entitled NISTIR 7551 A Threat Analysis on UOCAVA Voting Systems, was released in December 2008.  In addition to NISTIR 7551, NIST released a draft of NISTIR 7682 Information Systems Security Best Practices for UOCAVA-Supporting Systems in April 2010 and recently released drafts of two whitepapers for the Technical Guidelines Development Committee, Security Considerations for Remote Electronic UOCAVA Voting and Accessibility and Usability Considerations for Remote Electronic UOCAVA Voting.