Clear Ballot and VVSG 2.0

Clear Ballot is committed to empowering our partners to be VVSG 2.0 experts with a state-of-the art paper ballot system, collaborative training, and exceptional customer support. Rather than retrofitting current technology – we're building from the ground up to create a solution that embraces the true spirit of VVSG 2.0. 


Clear Ballot is committed to empowering jurisdictions to become VVSG 2.0 experts and showing the possibilities that come when an organization listens to the experiences and knowledge of our nation's election administrators. Rather than retrofitting current technology – we're building from the ground up to create a solution that embraces the true spirit of VVSG 2.0. 

Our team of engineers and developers are currently working on our VVSG 2.0 offering after researching the standards extensively and we’re ready to support our partners as they get ready for the changeover to new systems in the coming years. We plan to share our training and educational resources with customers and offer regular updates and information sessions that customers can leverage to become VVSG 2.0 experts. Clear Ballot is working with election officials across the country as well as the renowned Perkins School for the Blind to develop our paper ballot system, embracing the standard’s focus on user-centered design and increased accessibility. 

Clear Ballot’s commitment has always been to support our partners with top-tier services, and we will continue to focus heavily on customer support and training in the years to come. Our goal is to have every partner feel empowered and confident in their system, whether it’s something they’ve used for years or the latest VVSG 2.0 offering. With state and local election officials preparing to bring elections into the future, we’re looking forward to supporting these efforts across the country.

V V S G  2 . 0

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you tell me more about VVSG?

VVSG, or Voluntary Voting System Guidelines, are a set of specifications and requirements adopted by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) against which voting systems can be tested. The Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) mandates the EAC to develop and implement these standards, and adherence to them is voluntary except in states where it is required by state law.


How many versions of  VVSG are currently in use?

There have been three approved versions of VVSG guidelines since 2005: VVSG 1.0, VVSG 1.1, and VVSG 2.0. The vast majority of voting systems on the market today comply with VVSG 1.0.


What is VVSG 2.0?

In 2021, the EAC officially adopted VVSG 2.0, which is a major overhaul of the VVSG 1.0. They are standards that lay the groundwork for modern voting systems, and aim to improve cybersecurity, accessibility, and usability requirements.


What is the EAC's timeline for testing VVSG 2.0 systems?

As of December 2022, both independent Voting System Test Labs (VSTL) accredited by the EAC were approved to test to the new VVSG 2.0 standards. As of November 15, 2023, all voting systems submitted for EAC certification must comply with VVSG 2.0. VVSG 1.0 and VVSG 1.1 will no longer be used by the EAC to certify voting systems, with the exception of systems currently under test that were submitted prior to the November 15, 2023 cut-off date.


When will voting system manufacturers have VVSG 2.0 systems available for testing and certification?

Jurisdictions interested in migrating to a VVSG 2.0-compliant voting system should speak directly with their voting system provider to learn more about the implementation timeline for their system and certification plan. As of March 2024, no voting system has been certified to VVSG 2.0 standards and voting systems are expected to be certified before the 2026 midterm elections.


Can I upgrade my VVSG 1.0 system to VVSG 2.0?

It may not be practical or cost-effective for jurisdictions to implement specific hardware upgrades to VVSG 1.0 voting systems required by the VVSG 2.0 standards. To protect jurisdictions’ investments in voting technology, VVSG 1.0 voting systems will not be decertified as part of the EAC’s VVSG migration. The migration only affects the standards and requirements manufacturers must meet to obtain future EAC certifications, and not voting systems that were previously certified to past standards. 


Will my jurisdiction need to purchase a new voting system in order to have a complete VVSG 2.0 voting system?

Requirements for adherence to VVSG 2.0 standards will be up to local jurisdiction regulations and guidance. It is reasonable for jurisdictions to expect to purchase a new voting system within the next few years if their local laws or regulations require a VVSG 2.0 voting system.


Should my jurisdiction wait for the next VVSG 2.0 systems if we are planning to replace our systems in the next couple of years?

Local jurisdictions should reach out directly to their voting system provider to discuss their products’ current available features versus product features that may be part of a new equipment release, and also to determine optimal timelines for purchasing or upgrading to new equipment.


Who should I reach out to for more information about VVSG 2.0?

For more information about VVSG 2.0 and what it means for your jurisdiction, please contact a member of our team or visit