A vote is one voter’s vote in a vote event.
The Vote class should have properties for:
Vote No. 42
In the House of Representatives of New Zealand, the parties regularly cast the votes, not the members.
Alice uses voting records to identify voting blocs.
Bob subscribes to receive an email alert when John Q. Public votes.
the option chosen by the voter
e.g. yes, no, or abstain.
the voter’s primary political group
Carol tracks which members of the government vote with the opposition.
Dave checks how political parties voted on an important bill.
the voter’s role in the event
In the House of Commons of the United Kingdom, the tellers are the members who count the votes.
Majority MPs may volunteer as “no” tellers in order to record the minority MPs in opposition to a motion.
Eve analyzes the chair’s behavior on tie votes.
the weight of the voter’s vote
In the House of Representatives of New Zealand, the weight of a party’s vote is equal to the number of members of the party.
In some legislatures, two members from opposing parties may agree to abstain when one member is unable to vote.
Few specifications exist for individual votes, and few legislatures publish vote data in a machine-readable format. Schema.org and Parliamentary Metadata Language terms are retained from the inventory of terms.
||A voter's vote in a vote event|
||A vote event|
||The person or organization that is voting|
||The option chosen by the voter, whether actively or passively1|
||The voter's primary political group2|
||The voter's role in the event|
||The weight of the voter's vote3|
||The person with whom the voter is paired|
“Pairing” generally refers to a reciprocal agreement between two voters by which a voter abstains if the other is unable to vote. The pairing agreement is not always in force and respected; for example, if both voters are voting or if a voter breaks the agreement. The
pair property must not be used unless a pairing agreement is, in fact, respected.
1. For example,
"not voting" are valid values of the
2. Countries have various names for these groups, including "caucus" (Australia, Canada, Nepal, New Zealand, Slovakia, South Africa, United States), "fraction" (Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland), "club" (Austria, Czech Republic), or "group" (Finland, Italy, Romania, European Union).
3. The default value for a vote's weight is
A vote cannot exist outside a vote event. All votes must assign a value to either
JSON differences from other RDF serializations:
voteris used instead of
agent, for clarity.
roleproperty is a string, instead of an
groupis used instead of
politicalGroup, to be consistent with the Count class.
Implementations may use values from outside this list.