CSV Specification

Getting Started

The CSV files contain election information, with files containing links between each other, that is compiled into an XML feed that represents the data according to the XML specification. See the `sample xml file`_ and `xsd file`_ for more details.

Certain files are required to serve different types of information. Below is a listing of which files are required for different VIP data sets.

Required files:
  • election.txt

  • source.txt

  • state.txt

Files to serve polling locations:
  • election_administration.txt

  • department.txt

  • locality.txt

  • polling_location.txt

  • precinct.txt

  • street_segment.txt

Files to serve candidate contests:
  • candidate.txt

  • candidate_contest.txt

  • candidate_selection.txt

  • office.txt

Files to serve referenda and ballot measures:
  • ballot_measure_contest.txt

  • ballot_measure_selection.txt

Files to serve retention contests:
  • retention_contest.txt

CSV files must be comma-delimited, UTF-8 .txt files, named according to the specification. The id attribute for the state object should be the state’s FIPS number. The id attributes are not required to remain constant for the same piece of semantic data across multiple productions of the feed (e.g. candidate Michael Smith, running for dogcatcher in Iowa, is not required to have the same candidate id attribute each time the state of Iowa publishes data).

Elements & Enumerations

Single-page Format

Elements (Separate Pages)

Enumerations (Separate Pages)