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From: Edmund R. Kennedy <ekennedyx_at_yahoo_dot_com>
Date: Thu Feb 07 2008 - 10:11:30 CST

Hello All:
EML press release. Thought some of you might want to see this.

Thanks, Ed Kennedy

E-Vote: Election Markup Language 5.0 Approved as OASIS
Jan 29, 2008, News Report

OASIS, the international open standards consortium, this week announced that
its members have approved the Election Markup
Language (EML) version 5.0 as an OASIS Standard, a status that signifies the
highest level of ratification. Developed through an open process by the OASIS
Election and Voter Services Technical Committee, EML supports information
exchange through the complete election process, including candidate nomination,
voter registration and authentication, ballot information, vote casting and
confirmation, tabulation, auditing and more.

"In the election industry
today, there are many different election systems and a wide variety of
components used for many different functions, so the need for easier integration
of different system components has never been greater," said Dr. Ron Rivest,
professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology (MIT). "EML is an example of the kind of
consensus-based, publicly available common format that enables the exchange of
electronic records between different components in election systems."

is flexible enough to be used for elections and referenda that are fully
e-enabled as well as ones that are primarily paper-based. Designed to
accommodate many languages, dialects, and vocabularies, the standard also
supports various voting regimes. It can be used in both the private and public

"The beauty of EML is that it supports the election process
without requiring any changes to traditional methods of conducting elections,"
said John Borras, chair of the OASIS Election and Voter Services Technical
Committee. "EML lets election officials around the world build on existing
infrastructure investments to evolve their systems as new technologies and
voting practices emerge."

The value of EML is recognized by many
public-sector agencies. The Council of Europe has issued a recommendation that
its 46 member states use open standards such as EML for e-election and
e-referendum applications. All U.K. electoral modernization pilots have used
EML, as a means to evaluate the standard's effectiveness in real elections;
feedback from these pilots was incorporated into version 5.0. California intends
to use EML to provide election results in its upcoming presidential primary,
according to a release from OASIS.

EML was developed under the
Royalty-Free on Limited Terms Mode of the OASIS Intellectual Property Rights
Policy. EDS, IBM and OPT2VOTE all verified successful use of EML 5.0, in
accordance with eligibility requirements for all OASIS Standards.

OASIS Election and Voter Services Technical Committee continues work on
developing profiles and implementation guidelines for use of EML 5.0.
Participation in the Committee remains open to all government agencies,
companies, non-profit groups, academic institutions, and individuals. Archives
of the work are accessible to both members and non-members, and OASIS offers a
mechanism for public comment.

The Organization for the Advancement of
Structured Information Standards (OASIS) is a
not-for-profit consortium that drives the development, convergence and adoption
of open standards for the global information society. The consortium produces
Web services standards along with standards for security, e-business and
standardization efforts in the public sector and for application-specific

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