Elections are not surveys, but that hasn’t stopped some organizations from using survey tools to try to save a buck and get away with using online survey tools to do something they were never intended for, conducting elections. Not infrequently the consequences of taking such a gamble result in disaster which could have been easily avoided.
The ElectionsOnline voting system may be configured to send emails to voters on the start date of an election informing them that voting is open and providing a link to the ballot. For years clients have had the ability to download a report of any emails from that mailing that went undelivered. That has now been replaced with a report showing full engagement.
ElectionsOnline is merging with Skypunch Technology. That means clients should begin immediately instructing their voters to whitelist email originating from the skypunch.tech domain to ensure the same deliverability as always.
Four reasons to consolidate multiple elections into one include reducing costs, simplifying administration, increasing voter participation and simplifying the voting process for the voter.
Voters won’t vote in an election they don’t know about. Therefore, on an election’s start date, you should announce the election to your voters. This article is an executive summary of email delivery within the ElectionsOnline system and presents some best practices you can take for communicating with voters via email.
ElectionsOnline’s online voting software permits attaching candidate biograhies, including photos, to the ballot which an election administrator may freely edit at any time prior to and even during an election. These eight best practices ensure those biographies present to the voter in the most useful way possible.
To complement the ability election managers have to perform election verification against the entire collection of ballots in an election, individual voters now have a ballot verification wizard they may step through to be absolutely certain their ballot has been captured; has not been altered in any way; and is being included in the election results tabulation.
ElectionsOnline supports ranked choice voting, but the election results report can be a bit lengthy and while it makes the tabulation process very transparent, the steps still require some explanation. This article provides that explanation and explains how the viewer can make sense of each of the steps from gathering ballots to declaring winners.
Migrating your association's election from paper to online is progress, but there is much more evolution to experience. Use this article as a checklist against modern-day best practices to fully enjoy all the benefits of a modern election system.
By default, candidate names display in a 2-column layout. It helps reduce scrolling to view the candidates and also presents more candidate names in a single screen view. But election managers may override that default setting and display candidate names stacked vertically in a single column.