The state.txt includes state-wide election information. The ID attribute is recommended to be the state’s FIPS code, along with the prefix “st”.
|Tag||Data Type||Required?||Repeats?||Description||Error Handling|
||Optional||Single||Links to the state’s election administration object.||If the field is invalid or not present, then the implementation is required to ignore it.|
|ExternalIdentifiers||ExternalIdentifiers||Optional||Single||Other identifier for the state that relates to another dataset (e.g. OCD-ID).||If the element is invalid or not present, then the implementation is required to ignore it.|
||Required||Single||Specifiers the name of a state, such as Alabama.||If the field is invalid, then the implementation is required to ignore it.|
||Optional||Single||Specifies a link to the state’s polling locations. If early vote centers or ballot drop locations are state-wide (e.g., anyone in the state can use them), they can be specified here, but you are encouraged to only use the Precinct element.||If the field is invalid or not present, then the implementation is required to ignore it.|