IEEE Std 1622™-2011 Published January 12, 2012

On January 12, 2012, the IEEE Standards Association published IEEE Std 1622-2011, the IEEE Standard for Electronic Distribution of Blank Ballots for Voting Systems. This standard addresses the data elements used in blank ballot distribution, primarily to assist in satisfying the needs of the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) and Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act. This scope addresses the data elements for blank ballot delivery only; it does not include return of cast ballots by electronic means.

This first P1622 standard was written in part to assist the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) and state and local election officials in making available electronic blank ballots to voters, which could then be printed, returned and processed in a manner directly akin to absentee voting. Specifically, it provides an P1622 XML schema that defines data elements for the purposes of exporting from voter registration databases and election management systems, in a common format, the necessary jurisdictional information and ballot definition information to facilitate automated building of electronic blank ballots. It provides example files and a transform for converting from PEW's Voting Information Project (VIP) feeds.

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P1622 standards including IEEE Std 1622-2011 are made available for free under sponsorship of the IEEE Standards Association because of the IEEE's desire to support this work of national interest and at the specific request of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC).

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