OASIS, the international standards consortium, has approved Election Markup Language (EML) version 1.0 as
an OASIS Standard. "EML is designed to benefit public officials who oversee voting in
local or national elections and referendums, as well as those who
conduct private elections within corporations or other organizations.
Suppliers of electronic voting systems profit from EML by reducing
their development costs," noted Patrick Gannon, president and CEO of OASIS. "Of course
ultimately, it’s the voters who stand to gain the most from this
standard. The added reliability that comes from using common data
elements in a consistent manner provides more security and reduces
costs in the election process, which is a bottom-line benefit that has
the potential to touch us all."