March 6th, 2024 by David Simms

Categorized as: Product Development, Time Savers

Using the Nomination Engine

Before any election, candidates must be chosen. Instead of treating the candidate nomination process as detached from the actual election, the Skypunch Nomination Engine treats it as an inherent part of the election. Nominated candidates—along with any biographical information—flow right into the final election setup, thereby eliminating a two-phase approach and further streamlining the overall election administration […]

February 8th, 2024 by David Simms

Categorized as: Product Development

API Authentication Update

Right off, this is applicable to those clients whose voters login at a third-party website (for example, the website owned by the organization conducting the election) and are then passed over to the Skypunch website where the voter may view and submit a ballot without being prompted to login again. This is referred to as […]

January 3rd, 2024 by David Simms

Categorized as: Election Tips

Optimize Candidate Photos

When including candidate photos on the ballot, photos should be sized to 100 pixels wide x 120 pixels tall. This guarantees the images will have small file sizes and load very fast on the ballot and appear nicely sized and positioned inside the candidate biography window without pushing the biography itself out of the way […]

December 6th, 2023 by David Simms

Categorized as: Election Tips

How to Provider Voter Support

Despite all that is done to ensure the voting experience is as simple as possible, there will inevitably be the occasional request for assistance from a voter. When a voter contacts you it is most preferable to them to receive resolution to their question right then and there without you having to in turn contact […]

November 29th, 2023 by David Simms

Categorized as: Other

SFTP to EC2 in Private Subnet

Using 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, but first, […]

October 5th, 2023 by David Simms

Categorized as: Product Development

Email Announcement Changes

A change has been made to the Skypunch system that effects large, private sector clients. In this context, large is defined as any organization with 5,000 or more voters and the change is that the system will no longer send email announcements and/or election reminders to voters during the election. This does not have any […]

September 7th, 2023 by David Simms

Categorized as: Election Tips

What's in a Candidate Name

During ballot setup, one of the things election administrators must do is provide the names of the candidates appearing on the ballot. In addition to providing a candidate’s name, occasionally an election administrator will also treat this as an opportunity to append a job title, professional designation, geographic location or any number of things that […]

July 5th, 2023 by David Simms

Categorized as: Product Development

Ballot Report

Private sector clients may stop reading right now as the Ballot Report is intended for use by Public Sector clients. That said, clients who have noticed the new link associated with all the other election administration links in their account may be wondering what this Ballot Report is should read on for an explanation. In […]

June 7th, 2023 by David Simms

Categorized as: Company News

Skypunch Goes Solar

$12. That’s the monthly energy bill going forward now that Skypunch is solar powered. Solar energy is not new. What is new is that it’s finally affordable and sensible for businesses and residents alike to make the switch. Affordable does not mean cheap. It’s an investment and needs to be thought of as such just […]

May 3rd, 2023 by David Simms

Categorized as: Product Development

User Logs

Within 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. What gets logged Changes to the following entities are logged: In other words, all […]

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