IEEE P1622: Common Data Format for Election Equipment
Note: Slides from the recent meeting of the IEEE P1622 Standards Working Group on Voting Systems Electronic Data Interchange at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, MD on Sunday, February 24 and Monday, February 25 are now posted; see the About the Group page.
IEEE Project 1622 (P1622) is creating a common data format (CDF) for election data so that election equipment used in U.S. elections and interfacing software can interoperate and "speak the same language." The standard it is developing will be required in a future version of the Election Assistance Commission's (EAC) Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG).
The scope of the P1622 CDF project includes addressing the election data elements for a number of election-related use cases, including:
- Voter registration,
- Candidate registration,
- Ballot definition,
- Voting (in all forms) and tallying functions,
- Results reporting,
- Auditing and event logs, and
- Permanent storage of all available data from every election.
P1622's scope is specific to building a common data format for election data. This scope does NOT include the policy and security issues associated with other areas of election technology such as Internet voting, voter registration, and paper audit trails.
P1622 is working in conjunction with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards' (OASIS) EML (Election Markup Language) international standard effort to arrive at a CDF standard by calendar years 2013-14. P1622 is using OASIS EML as the basis for the development of its CDF standards and producing profiles more specific to U.S. election needs.
For more information:
- See a list of frequently asked questions.
- See the Introduction page.
- See the Work in Progress page for the project plan/schedule and status of current work.
Joining the P1622 CDF Project
The P1622 working group has an aggressive schedule and welcomes active participation from
- State and local election officials and staff,
- Voting equipment manufacturers and software consultants,
- Election analysts and experts,
- Other government officials involved in elections, and
- Other interested parties.