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February 8, 2024 by David Simms
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API Authentication UpdateElections using passed authentication may, and should, now include email as a request parameter. Doing so means the Skypunch system will send those voters an email confirmation containing ballot verification data after they vote.

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January 3, 2024 by David Simms
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Optimize Candidate PhotosWhen including candidate photos on the ballot, they should be sized to 100 pixels wide x 120 pixels tall to both guarantee a small and fast-loading file size and appear nicely on the ballot. This article helps even the first-time photo editor understand how to do this.

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December 6, 2023 by David Simms
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Support AgentDespite with all that is done to ensure the voting experience is as simple as possible, as an election administrator, you will still inevitably receive the occasional request for assistance from a voter. This article provides an example scenario to resolve such requests as quickly and easily as possible.

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November 29, 2023 by David Simms
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SFTPUsing FTP to transfer files from one environment to another is a long-standing process. But when the destination for a file transfer is a server residing in a private subnet, one must get around the inability to connect directly to it over the Internet. This article describes how to easily accommodate doing this.

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October 5, 2023 by David Simms
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A change has been made to the Skypunch system effecting clients whose elections include more than 5,000 voters. Read more to learn why this was necessary; how it might impact your election management procedures; and what to do if you are impacted.

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September 7, 2023 by David Simms
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During ballot setup, one of the things election administrators must do is provide the names of the candidates appearing on the ballot. A simple enough task, but there are still some best practices and things to avoid doing to ensure a voter-friendly ballot.

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July 5, 2023 by David Simms
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Ballot ReportA new ballot report permits viewing the selections made on each individual ballot. It serves a very limited purpose and is not intended for use by all clients as explained in this article.

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June 7, 2023 by David Simms
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Skypunch Goes Solar$12. That’s the monthly energy bill going forward now that Skypunch has switched to solar power. Thanks to generous federal incentives, solar has become attainable for many businesses and residents. Read on for more about how Skypunch is benefitting.

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May 3, 2023 by David Simms
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User LogsWithin the Skypunch election management console there is a user logs reporting tool useful for determining what changes have been made to your election setup and who made them. This article covers what is included in those logs, and what isn’t.

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April 5, 2023 by David Simms
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Skypunch APIVersions 1 and 2 of the Skypunch API will be deprecated on July 7, 2023 leaving only version 3 remaining. Applications pointing to earlier versions of the API will need to make the necessary updates to version 3 and also ensure that any changes to existing version 3 endpoints are capable of handling the responses.

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