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IEEE Standards Working Group P. 1622 on Voting Systems Electronic Data Interchange Current Project Status
The IEEE Standards Working Group P. 1622 on Voting Systems Electronic Data Interchange is currently developing a standard and associated XML schema to assist the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) and US States in achieving the goals of the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) and the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act, i.e., to assist overseas military and citizens in participating fully in US elections. The UOCAVA requires that uniformed and overseas voters have access to ballot information so that they can cast their ballots from overseas locations. Distributing blank paper ballots to overseas voters using conventional postal mail can involve considerable delays, imperiling their timely return.
The P. 1622 standard, in general, serves the purpose of electronic distribution of blank ballots to uniformed and overseas voters, which can significantly improve timely access to blank ballots. This standard assists FVAP and state and local election officials in making available electronic blank ballots to voters, which can then be printed, returned and processed in a manner directly akin to absentee voting. Specifically, it provides an XML schema in Election Markup Language (EML) for the purposes of exporting from Voter Registration Databases (VRDB) and Election Management Systems (EMS), in a common format, the necessary jurisdictional information and ballot definition information to facilitate automated building of electronic blank ballots.