1. Element within a larger voting system.

Source: Election Terminology Glossary - Draft, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST),

2. Element within a larger system; a component can be hardware or software. For hardware, it is a physical part of a subsystem that can be used to compose larger systems (e.g., circuit boards, internal modems, processors, computer memory). For software, it is a module of executable code that performs a well-defined function and interacts with other components.

Source: Glossary of terms database, U.S. Election Assistance Commission,