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Voting Glossary

This page is dedicated to development of a glossary of voting-related terms and/or terms as they are used in voting. A glossary is needed so that we use terms consistently. In voting, different states often use terms differently, but if we are to write material that will be useful, we must all use the terms consistently. Thus, the glossary is where we can define terms using a preferred definition, but also include information as necessary if the terms are used differently in certain states. For example, we will use the term precinct consistently and not use other terms such as box or ward to mean the same thing, however in the definition for precinct we can note that certain states use box or ward to mean the same thing. The initial glossary was created from the definitions in the EAC VVSG 1.0 and then modified with definitions and updates from the 2007 TGDC VVSG Recommendations to the EAC and from voting standards work within IEEE, NIST, the EAC, and other sources.

The NIST Elections Modeling public working group, with support from the Democracy Fund, has produced the new glossary of election terms, which is being made into a NIST special publication. This new glossary supersedes the older glossary that was originally installed on this twiki, which no longer should be used.

The new glossary is located at

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