Election Results Common Data Format Specification

Published: February 09, 2016


John P. Wack, Kim Brace, Samuel Dana, Herb Deutsch, John Dziurlaj, Ian Piper, Don Rehill, Richard M. Rivello, Sarah Whitt


This publication describes an election results common data format specification for pre-election setup information and post-election results reporting. It contains a UML model of the election data and an XML format derived from the UML model. It also contains background information regarding how geo-political geography is structured and used in the model and schema. The XML format is comprehensive and at the same time very flexible, able to accommodate election scenarios used throughout the U.S. It is part of a series of planned common data format specifications for voting equipment.
Citation: Special Publication (NIST SP) - 1500-100
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Pub Type: NIST Pubs


Common data format, contest, district, election results, jurisdiction, overvote, political office, political party, precinct, undervote
Created February 09, 2016, Updated November 10, 2018