Since 2011, election administrators, voting system certification specialists, testing laboratory professionals, and members of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission have gathered annually to discuss ways to improve the reliability of voting systems in order to uphold the integrity of the vote for the American electorate. The first (2011) conference was hosted by Center for Election Systems at Kennesaw State University. In 2012, VSTOP hosted the conference in Indianapolis where election officials were greeted by the Indiana Secretary of State. Other locations where conferences have occurred include Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Denver, Colorado; and Seattle, Washington, and Cambridge, MA. The 2017 Conference will be held in Austin, TX.