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An election management system (EMS) is the set of processing functions and databases within a voting system that defines, develops, and maintains election databases; performs election definitions and setup functions; formats ballots; counts votes; consolidates and reports results; and maintains audit trails.
These systems, which are used in conjunction with one of the other types of voting systems, integrate the functions associated with preparing vote-casting and tabulating equipment for a given election with other election management functions.
Election management systems run on jurisdictions’ existing personal computers or vendor-provided election management system computers and generally consist of one or more interactive databases containing information about a jurisdiction’s precincts, the election contest, the candidates, and the issues being decided. They can then be used to design and generate various ballots, program vote-casting and tabulating equipment, and centrally tally and generate reports on election progress and results.