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  1. Process-oriented Working Groups – where individuals can develop election-related processes, functions, logic, technology and implementation corresponding to Pre-Election, Election, and Post-Election phases of election activities
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  As emphasized above, individuals are encouraged and expected to continually populate the TWiki with information they learn as they work. The working group pages have been created as an entry point to an election-based knowledge web which we hope will eventually contain not only the immediate information arising from daily working group activities but also information resulting from more general thoughts and considerations in the election domain itself.
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In the end, we hope for this Voting TWiki to grow to a point that whenever a question comes up within the context of a group’s work that its answers can be quickly and satisfactorily found within the TWiki itself.
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In the end, we hope for this Voting TWiki to grow to a point where whenever a question comes up within the context of a group’s work that its answers can be quickly and satisfactorily found within the TWiki itself.
  We wish you all the best of luck and are incredibly excited about the process and potential of working in this new, highly-collaborative manner.

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  1. Identify high-level election processes
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    1. Essential solutions/strategies
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Working Group Subtasks: Supporting Research and Developmental Activities

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Although working group activities will continually involve working toward particular developmental goals over time (such as the creation of a given standards, process models, principles, requirements, assertions, test methods, etc.), a given group may also become engaged in particular tasks which are necessary in order to realize these higher level goals such as:
 
  1. Performing research to answer specific questions
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Populating the TWiki with Knowledge, Plans, Work Products, and Status

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As each group’s activities progress, it is important for group members to create and link together ideas within the TWiki website itself making pages for important topics or additional areas for consideration. In addition, as any work products (such as documents, specifications, models, or standards) are made (even as drafts or incremental updates) these should be posted in the TWiki as well so that the TWiki can always reflect both the current state of the group's knowledge as well as the current state of all activities occurring here.
 

Workflow-specific TWiki Areas

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  1. Process-oriented Working Groups – where individuals can develop election-related processes, functions, logic, technology and implementation corresponding to Pre-Election, Election, and Post-Election phases of election activities
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In the context of the working group activities, working groups will largely be working to perform the following kinds of tasks:

  1. Identify high-level election processes
  2. Identify the essential steps or functions of each process ( Pre-Election Process | Election Process | Post-Election Process )
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  1. Consider how #1-#3 may be implemented using particular technologies and platforms
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  1. Populating the TWiki with relevant information ( see Knowledge Base )
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  1. Meeting in-person or virtually to:
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  1. Providing necessary work products such as:
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    1. Functions
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    1. Logic – principles, requirements, assertions
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    1. Logic – principles, requirements, assertions
    2. Standards
    3. Test Methods
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Working Group Subtasks: Supporting Research and Developmental Activities

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Although working group activities will continually involve working toward particular developmental goals over time (such as the creation of a given standards, process models, principles, [Documents#Requirements][requirements]], assertions, test methods, etc.), a given group may also become engaged in particular tasks which are necessary in order to realize these higher level goals such as:
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Although working group activities will continually involve working toward particular developmental goals over time (such as the creation of a given standards, process models, principles, requirements, assertions, test methods, etc.), a given group may also become engaged in particular tasks which are necessary in order to realize these higher level goals such as:
 
  1. Performing research to answer specific questions
  2. Validating certain assumptions
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  1. Testing certain models
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  1. Testing certain models
 
  1. Developing particular content

Members are encouraged to leverage one another's strengths, collaborating to carry out particular activities, so as to facilitate the progress of the whole group.

Populating the TWiki with Knowledge, Plans, Work Products, and Status

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As each group’s activities progress, it is important for group members to create and link together ideas within the TWiki website itself making pages for important topics or additional areas for consideration. In addition, as any WorkProducts are made (even as drafts or incremental updates) these should be posted in the TWiki as well so that the TWiki can always reflect both the current state of the group's knowledge as well as the current state of all activities occurring here.
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As each group’s activities progress, it is important for group members to create and link together ideas within the TWiki website itself making pages for important topics or additional areas for consideration. In addition, as any WorkProducts are made (even as drafts or incremental updates) these should be posted in the TWiki as well so that the TWiki can always reflect both the current state of the group's knowledge as well as the current state of all activities occurring here.
 

Workflow-specific TWiki Areas

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  Across the top of each page are buttons or links to the following key areas:
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  1. Constituency Working Groups – where individuals can identify the most important implications in particular areas (usability, accessibility, security, interoperability, and testing) arising from the Process-oriented Working Groups.

General Development Process

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Specific Pages Supporting Working Group Workflows

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Filling Out the Knowledge Base

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Populating the Voting TWiki

 
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As emphasized above, individuals are encouraged and expected to continually populate the TWiki with information they learn as they work. The knowledge base page has been created as an entry point to an election-based knowledge web which we hope will eventually contain not only the immediate information arising from daily working group activities but also from more general thoughts and considerations in the election domain itself. In the end, we hope for this knowledge base to grow to a point where whenever a question comes up within the context of a group’s work that its answers can be quickly and satisfactorily found within the TWiki's itself. Thus, we encourage all individuals to populate the TWiki Knowledge Base with important election domain information whether as a result of performing direct working group research or for the purpose of gathering together domain knowledge in this single place.
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As emphasized above, individuals are encouraged and expected to continually populate the TWiki with information they learn as they work. The working group pages have been created as an entry point to an election-based knowledge web which we hope will eventually contain not only the immediate information arising from daily working group activities but also information resulting from more general thoughts and considerations in the election domain itself.
 
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We wish you all the best of luck and are incredibly excited about the process and potential of working in this new, highly-collaborative manner.
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In the end, we hope for this Voting TWiki to grow to a point that whenever a question comes up within the context of a group’s work that its answers can be quickly and satisfactorily found within the TWiki itself.
 
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We wish you all the best of luck and are incredibly excited about the process and potential of working in this new, highly-collaborative manner.
 

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  Across the top of each page are buttons or links to the following key areas:
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  1. Process-oriented Working Groups – where individuals can develop election-related processes, functions, logic, technology and implementation corresponding to Pre-Election, Election, and Post-Election phases of election activities
  2. Constituency Working Groups – where individuals can identify the most important implications in particular areas (usability, accessibility, security, interoperability, and testing) arising from the Process-oriented Working Groups.
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  1. Process-oriented Working Groups – where individuals can develop election-related processes, functions, logic, technology and implementation corresponding to Pre-Election, Election, and Post-Election phases of election activities
  2. Constituency Working Groups – where individuals can identify the most important implications in particular areas (usability, accessibility, security, interoperability, and testing) arising from the Process-oriented Working Groups.
 

General Development Process

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  1. Identify high-level election processes
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  1. Identify high-level election processes
  2. Identify the essential steps or functions of each process ( Pre-Election Process | Election Process | Post-Election Process )
  3. Identify the rules of operation for each process and function (i.e., what essential principles, requirements, and assertions guide, restrict, and/or control the flow of the process?)
 
  1. Consider how #1-#3 may be implemented using particular technologies and platforms
  2. Consider what must be done to ensure that #1-#4 are:
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    3. Secure
    4. Interoperable
    5. Testable
    6. Certifiable
 
    1. Without internal contraction
    2. Well-made according to best practices in hardware, software, data, etc.
    3. Fit for their intended purpose
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    1. Particular standards
    2. Best practices
    3. Current priorities
    4. Future goals
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    1. Essential issues
    2. Essential solutions/strategies
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  Working groups will carry out the above kinds of activities by:

  1. Identifying information they know, do not know, or need to know
  2. Researching and/or creating needed information
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  1. Populating the TWiki with relevant information
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  1. Populating the TWiki with relevant information ( see Knowledge Base )
 
  1. Meeting in-person or virtually to:
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    1. Make plans
    2. Discuss work-in-progress, goals, priorities, and status
    3. Carry out the above Working Group Tasks
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    1. Make plans
    2. Discuss work-in-progress, goals, priorities, and status
    3. Carry out the above working group tasks
 
  1. Providing necessary work products such as:
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    1. Processes
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    1. Functions
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    1. Logic – principles, requirements, assertions
    2. Standards
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    4. Workflows – for development and evaluation of election systems, election system tests, testing laboratories, certifying bodies, accreditation bodies, and end-users.
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    1. Logic – principles, requirements, assertions
    2. Standards
    3. Test Methods
    4. Workflows – for development and evaluation of election systems, election system tests, testing laboratories, certifying bodies, accreditation bodies, and end-users.
 

Working Group Subtasks: Supporting Research and Developmental Activities

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Although working group activities will continually involve working toward particular developmental goals over time (such as the creation of a given standards, process models, principles, requirements, assertions, test methods, etc.), a given group may also become engaged in particular tasks which are necessary in order to realize these higher level goals such as:
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Although working group activities will continually involve working toward particular developmental goals over time (such as the creation of a given standards, process models, principles, [Documents#Requirements][requirements]], assertions, test methods, etc.), a given group may also become engaged in particular tasks which are necessary in order to realize these higher level goals such as:
 
  1. Performing research to answer specific questions
  2. Validating certain assumptions
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  1. Developing particular content
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 Members are encouraged to leverage one another's strengths, collaborating to carry out particular activities, so as to facilitate the progress of the whole group.

Populating the TWiki with Knowledge, Plans, Work Products, and Status

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Populating the TWiki with Knowledge, Plans, Work Products, and Status

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As each group’s activities progress, it is important for group members to create and link together ideas within the TWiki website itself making pages for important topics or additional areas for consideration. In addition, as any Work Products are made (even as drafts or incremental updates) these should be posted in the TWiki as well so that the TWiki can always reflect both the current state of the group's knowledge as well as the current state of all activities occurring here.
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As each group’s activities progress, it is important for group members to create and link together ideas within the TWiki website itself making pages for important topics or additional areas for consideration. In addition, as any WorkProducts are made (even as drafts or incremental updates) these should be posted in the TWiki as well so that the TWiki can always reflect both the current state of the group's knowledge as well as the current state of all activities occurring here.
 

Workflow-specific TWiki Areas

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The overall layout of the primary TWiki site pages supports this overall development process.
  Across the top of each page are buttons or links to the following key areas:
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  1. Process-oriented Working Groups – where individuals can develop election-related processes, functions, logic, technology and implementation corresponding to Pre-Election, Election, and Post-Election phases of election activities
  2. Constituency Working Groups – where individuals can identify the most important implications in particular areas (usability, accessibility, security, interoperability, test) arising from the Process-oriented Working Groups
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>
  1. Process-oriented Working Groups – where individuals can develop election-related processes, functions, logic, technology and implementation corresponding to Pre-Election, Election, and Post-Election phases of election activities
  2. Constituency Working Groups – where individuals can identify the most important implications in particular areas (usability, accessibility, security, interoperability, and testing) arising from the Process-oriented Working Groups.
 

General Development Process

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In general, the overall standards development process will be kicked off by an initial focus on essential processes and functions. This will provide the high-level impetus for all groups to begin working.
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In general, the overall standards development process will be kicked off by an initial focus on essential processes and functions. This will provide the high-level impetus for all groups to begin working.
  Over time groups will begin to consider particular technologies, architectures, scenarios, issues, conflicts, and/or questions.
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Specific Pages Supporting Working Group Workflows

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In the end, all groups are expected to form reasonable, reachable goals that result in concrete Work Products within certain periods of time.
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In the end, all groups are expected to form reasonable, reachable goals that result in concrete work products within certain periods of time.
 
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Team Leads and other individuals are encouraged to develop and track their group activities via Timelines that are also placed and updated on the TWiki in the Status page.
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Team leads and other individuals are encouraged to develop and track their group activities via Timelines that are also placed and updated on the TWiki in the status page.
 
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Likewise, each drafted and/or completed Work Product should be versioned and posted on the Documents page.
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Likewise, each drafted and/or completed work product should be versioned and posted on the Documents page.
 
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In this way, everyone can always easily stay up-to-date regarding the particular activities and products occurring in each area.
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In this way, everyone can always easily stay up-to-date regarding the particular activities and products occurring in each area.
 

Filling Out the Knowledge Base

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As emphasized above, individuals are encouraged and expected to continually populate the TWiki with information they learn as they work. The Knowledge Base page has been created as an entry point to an Election-based Knowledge Web which we hope will eventually contain not only the immediate information arising from daily working group activities but also from more general thoughts and considerations in the election’s domain itself. In the end, we hope for this Knowledge Base to grow to a point where whenever a question comes up within the context of a group’s work that its answers can be quickly and satisfactorily found within the TWiki Knowledge Base itself. Thus, we encourage all individuals to populate the TWiki Knowledge Base with important election domain information whether as a result of performing direct working group research or for the purpose of gathering together domain knowledge in this single place, our Knowledge Base.
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As emphasized above, individuals are encouraged and expected to continually populate the TWiki with information they learn as they work. The knowledge base page has been created as an entry point to an election-based knowledge web which we hope will eventually contain not only the immediate information arising from daily working group activities but also from more general thoughts and considerations in the election domain itself. In the end, we hope for this knowledge base to grow to a point where whenever a question comes up within the context of a group’s work that its answers can be quickly and satisfactorily found within the TWiki's itself. Thus, we encourage all individuals to populate the TWiki Knowledge Base with important election domain information whether as a result of performing direct working group research or for the purpose of gathering together domain knowledge in this single place.
  We wish you all the best of luck and are incredibly excited about the process and potential of working in this new, highly-collaborative manner.

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Table of ContentsUseful Links

Working Group Workflow

Essential Working Group Tasks

In the context of the working group activities, working groups will largely be working to perform the following kinds of Working Group Tasks:

  1. Identify high-level election processes
  2. Identify the essential steps or functions of each process
  3. Identify the rules of operation for each process and function (i.e., what essential principles, requirements, and assertions guide, restrict, and/or control the flow of the process?)
  4. Consider how #1-#3 may be implemented using particular technologies and platforms
  5. Consider what must be done to ensure that #1-#4 are:
    1. Usable
    2. Accessible
    3. Secure
    4. Interoperable
    5. Testable
    6. Certifiable
    7. Without internal contraction
    8. Well-made according to best practices in hardware, software, data, etc.
    9. Fit for their intended purpose
  6. Use #1-#5 to draft and/or to recommend:
    1. Particular standards
    2. Best practices
    3. Current priorities
    4. Future goals
    5. Essential issues
    6. Essential solutions/strategies
    7. Next steps

Working groups will carry out the above kinds of activities by:

  1. Identifying information they know, do not know, or need to know
  2. Researching and/or creating needed information
  3. Populating the TWiki with relevant information
  4. Meeting in-person or virtually to:
    1. Make plans
    2. Discuss work-in-progress, goals, priorities, and status
    3. Carry out the above Working Group Tasks
  5. Providing necessary work products such as:
    1. Processes
    2. Functions
    3. Logic – principles, requirements, assertions
    4. Standards
    5. Tests
    6. Workflows – for development and evaluation of election systems, election system tests, testing laboratories, certifying bodies, accreditation bodies, and end-users.

Working Group Subtasks: Supporting Research and Developmental Activities

Although working group activities will continually involve working toward particular developmental goals over time (such as the creation of a given standards, process models, principles, requirements, assertions, test methods, etc.), a given group may also become engaged in particular tasks which are necessary in order to realize these higher level goals such as:

  1. Performing research to answer specific questions
  2. Validating certain assumptions
  3. Testing certain models
  4. Developing particular content
Members are encouraged to leverage one another's strengths, collaborating to carry out particular activities, so as to facilitate the progress of the whole group.

Populating the TWiki with Knowledge, Plans, Work Products, and Status

As each group’s activities progress, it is important for group members to create and link together ideas within the TWiki website itself making pages for important topics or additional areas for consideration. In addition, as any Work Products are made (even as drafts or incremental updates) these should be posted in the TWiki as well so that the TWiki can always reflect both the current state of the group's knowledge as well as the current state of all activities occurring here.

Workflow-specific TWiki Areas

The overall layout of the primary TWiki site pages supports this overall development process.

Across the top of each page are buttons or links to the following key areas:

  1. Process-oriented Working Groups – where individuals can develop election-related processes, functions, logic, technology and implementation corresponding to Pre-Election, Election, and Post-Election phases of election activities
  2. Constituency Working Groups – where individuals can identify the most important implications in particular areas (usability, accessibility, security, interoperability, test) arising from the Process-oriented Working Groups

General Development Process

In general, the overall standards development process will be kicked off by an initial focus on essential processes and functions. This will provide the high-level impetus for all groups to begin working.

Over time groups will begin to consider particular technologies, architectures, scenarios, issues, conflicts, and/or questions.

Role of Subgroups

In order to answer questions, test hypotheses, and resolve issues, individuals and teams will form particular tasks to be carried out by subgroups.

These subgroups are expected to provide actionable output in support of higher-level activities.

Specific Pages Supporting Working Group Workflows

In the end, all groups are expected to form reasonable, reachable goals that result in concrete Work Products within certain periods of time.

Team Leads and other individuals are encouraged to develop and track their group activities via Timelines that are also placed and updated on the TWiki in the Status page.

Likewise, each drafted and/or completed Work Product should be versioned and posted on the Documents page.

In this way, everyone can always easily stay up-to-date regarding the particular activities and products occurring in each area.

Filling Out the Knowledge Base

As emphasized above, individuals are encouraged and expected to continually populate the TWiki with information they learn as they work. The Knowledge Base page has been created as an entry point to an Election-based Knowledge Web which we hope will eventually contain not only the immediate information arising from daily working group activities but also from more general thoughts and considerations in the election’s domain itself. In the end, we hope for this Knowledge Base to grow to a point where whenever a question comes up within the context of a group’s work that its answers can be quickly and satisfactorily found within the TWiki Knowledge Base itself. Thus, we encourage all individuals to populate the TWiki Knowledge Base with important election domain information whether as a result of performing direct working group research or for the purpose of gathering together domain knowledge in this single place, our Knowledge Base.

We wish you all the best of luck and are incredibly excited about the process and potential of working in this new, highly-collaborative manner.

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