Voting System Test Laboratories (VSTLs)

1. Privately owned testing laboratories that test voting systems (and other election systems) for conformance to the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG) or to other requirements, including individual state requirements. VSTLs (Voting System Test Laboratories) are periodically reviewed for conformance to National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) administered by the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST). In 2016, there were three accredited VSTLs.

Source: Election Terminology Glossary - Draft, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST),; Information Technology Terminology, U.S. Election Assistance Commission,

2. Test laboratory accredited by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) to be competent to test voting systems. When NVLAP has completed its evaluation of a test lab, the Director of NIST will forward a recommendation to the EAC for the completion of the accreditation process.

Source: Glossary of terms database, U.S. Election Assistance Commission,