EVT '07 Call for Papers
2007 USENIX/ACCURATE Electronic Voting Technology Workshop (EVT '07)
August 6, 2007
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Sponsored by USENIX: The Advanced Computing Systems Association, and  
ACCURATE: A Center for Correct, Usable, Reliable, Auditable, and  
Transparent Elections

EVT '07 will be co-located with the 16th USENIX Security Symposium  
(Security '07), August 6-10, 2007.

Important Dates
Submissions due: Sunday, April 22, 2007, 11:59 p.m. PDT
Notification of acceptance: Friday, June 1, 2007
Final files due: Thursday, June 28, 2007

Workshop Organizers

Program Chairs
Ray Martinez, Martinez Consulting Group
David Wagner, University of California, Berkeley

Program Committee
Ben Adida, Harvard University
Mike Alvarez, California Institute of Technology
Andrew Appel, Princeton University
Doug Jones, University of Iowa
Sharon Laskowski, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Dave Magelby, Brigham Young University
Margaret McGaley, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
Whitney Quesenbery, Whitney Interactive Design
Peter Ryan, Newcastle University
Dan Wallach, Rice University

In the United States and many other countries, most votes are counted  
and transported electronically, but the practical and policy  
implications of introducing electronic machines into the voting  
process are emerging in this new area. Both voting technology and its  
regulations are very much in flux, with open concerns including  
reliability, robustness, security, human factors, transparency,  
equality, privacy, and accessibility.

The USENIX/ACCURATE Electronic Voting Technology (EVT) workshop seeks  
to bring together researchers from a variety of disciplines, ranging  
from computer science and human factors experts through political  
scientists, legal experts, election administrators, and voting  
equipment vendors. EVT seeks to publish original research on  
important problems, including how the software and hardware in voting  
might be engineered to be more robust against tampering or how it  
might be written to be more easily and openly verified. Papers  
exploring "end-to-end" approaches that strive to ensure that the  
integrity of the election is independent of software and hardware are  
also encouraged. EVT also welcomes submissions on how these systems  
might be engineered to be more usable by the broad voting population.  
EVT also seeks discussion of how election regulations and standards  
may evolve to support better election technologies. Additionally, EVT  
encourages position papers on the practicality (or impracticality) of  
the technological advances in electronic voting, particularly with  
the limited budgets available to many elections administrators. EVT  
will consider papers covering the gamut of technology as it is used  
in elections, ranging from voter registration and vote collection  
through tabulation and post-election auditing. We are interested in  
both future technologies and systems widely used today around the world.

EVT '07 will be a one-day event, Monday, August 6, 2007, co-located  
with the 16th USENIX Security Symposium in Boston, Massachusetts. In  
addition to paper presentations, the workshop may include panel  
discussions with substantial time devoted to questions and answers.  
The proceedings of the workshop will be published electronically.  
Attendance at the workshop will be open to the public, although talks  
and refereed paper presentations will be by invitation only.

In particular, we welcome papers considering:

Design and analysis of electronic voting schemes and protocols
Deployment and lifecycle concerns
Mitigating threats (including insider threats)
Usability and accessibility (both for voters and for administrators)
Legal issues, including how voting systems must comply with the ADA  
and HAVA or the effect of intellectual property rights and  
nondisclosure agreements on voting system testing, certification, and  
The technology standards process and how it should evolve
Submission Instructions
All submissions must be in English and must include a title and the  
authors' names and affiliations. We will accept both short position  
papers (i.e., up to six [6] pages long) and longer, conference-style  
submissions (up to a maximum of sixteen [16] pages). Please format  
papers in two columns, single-spaced, using no smaller than 11 point  
Times Roman type in a text block of 6.5" by 9".

Each submission should have a contact author who should provide full  
contact information (email, phone, fax, mailing address). One author  
of each accepted paper will be required to present the work at the  

Authors are required to submit papers by 11:59 p.m. PDT, April 22,  
2007. This is a hard deadline; no extensions will be given. All  
submissions to EVT '07 must be electronic, in PDF format, via this  
Web form. Authors are encouraged to follow the U.S. National Science  
Foundation's guidelines for preparing PDF grant submissions:

Simultaneous submission of the same work to multiple venues,  
submission of previously published work, and plagiarism constitute  
dishonesty or fraud. USENIX, like other scientific and technical  
conferences and journals, prohibits these practices and may, on the  
recommendation of a program chair, take action against authors who  
have committed them. In some cases, program committees may share  
information about submitted papers with other conference chairs and  
journal editors to ensure the integrity of papers under  
consideration. If a violation of these principles is found, sanctions  
may include, but are not limited to, barring the authors from  
submitting to or participating in USENIX conferences for a set  
period, contacting the authors' institutions, and publicizing the  
details of the case.

Authors uncertain whether their submission meets USENIX's guidelines  
should contact the program chair at evt07chairs@usenix.org or the  
USENIX office, submissionspolicy@usenix.org.

Accepted material may not be published in other conferences or  
journals for one year from the date of acceptance by USENIX. Papers  
accompanied by nondisclosure agreement forms will not be read or  
reviewed. All submissions will be held in confidence prior to  
publication of the technical program, both as a matter of policy and  
in accordance with the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976.

Authors will be notified of acceptance decisions via email by June 1.  
If you do not receive notification by that date, contact the Program  
Chairs at evt07chairs@usenix.org.

Registration Materials
Complete program and registration information will be available in  
June 2007 on the workshop Web site. The information will be in both  
HTML and PDF. If you would like to receive the latest USENIX  
conference information, please join our mailing list.