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December 15, 2014 by David Simms
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Election Administration Best PracticesWho should have oversight of an organization’s election process? This post looks at the various methods of administration in common use and the strengths and vulnerabilities of each so you may decide on the most sound approach for your organization.

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August 5, 2014 by David Simms

Linking to the BallotOne of the best practices for increasing voter turnout requires creating a link on your own web site that takes voters directly to the ballot login page. That’s a simple enough thing to do, but there are some best practices and tips that can be employed to ensure this link works to maximum effectiveness.

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July 8, 2014 by David Simms
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Don't Use All Caps for Ballot Setup

Election administrators would be well advised to never use all caps for any of the editable parts of a ballot. “Editable parts” means the election name, positions, candidate names, and of course any text in the candidate biography or position descriptions. This article explains why.

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June 3, 2014 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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April 2, 2014 by David Simms
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Right versus WrongDespite all the evolution over the last ten years by organizations ditching their paper-based election processes in favor of more efficient web-based elections, there’s still occasionally a need to mail out paper ballot packages to a great many voters. If you must, you must, but there’s a right and wrong way to go about it.

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March 5, 2014 by David Simms
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CalendarThe United States elects a new President in less than twenty-four hours. Why then should it take upwards of four weeks to elect the President of a private organization? Four weeks is an unnecessarily long duration for an election and one day is generally too short to deal with practical matters. What then, is the ideal length for an election?

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January 3, 2014 by David Simms
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Ballot Now Accepts Voter CommentsElectionsOnline’s voting software now supports the ability for voters to provide free-text comments with their ballot to permit your organization to glean deeper insight into the mood of its electorate and understand why your voters voted.

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September 13, 2013 by David Simms
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18 Tips to Increase Voter TurnoutThe first five are things ElectionsOnline clients don’t have to take any action to enjoy as they’ve already been done for you. Tips 6 through 18 however get into some things you can do from your end to ensure happy, participating voters.

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