November 8th, 2021 by David Simms

Categorized as: Election Tips, Other

Elections are not Surveys

It will happen a couple times each year. I’ll hear from a prospective client about how they tried to save a buck by forcing an election through one of the many survey tools on the market and things did not end well. Elections are serious business and administering one is not to be taken lightly […]

October 6th, 2021 by David Simms

Categorized as: Election Tips, Product Development

Email Engaging Reporting

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 […]

September 1st, 2021 by David Simms

Categorized as: Election Tips, Increase Voter Turnout, Time Savers

4 Reasons to Consolidate Elections

ElectionsOnline’s software offers the ultimate in flexibility for configuring a ballot to present different positions to different voters. It does this through two configuration tools; 1. voter groups and 2. special interest groups. Read more about how and when to use each. By using these two tools, election administrators can, and many do, conduct two entirely […]

August 4th, 2021 by David Simms

Categorized as: Election Tips

Email Delivery Best Practices

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. Doing this for voters without an email address is a topic for another day, but the intent of this article is to give an executive summary of email delivery within the […]

July 7th, 2021 by David Simms

Categorized as: Election Tips

8 Tips for Formatting Candidate Biographies

Before getting to the tips, let’s establish that there are two ways of getting candidate biographical information in the system. One, by permitting the candidates to submit their own biographical information, or two, by the election manager collecting those biographies from the candidates and entering it into the system for the candidates. Without exception, the preferred method […]

May 5th, 2021 by David Simms

Categorized as: Company News, Election Tips, Product Development

Ballot Verification for Voters

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 […]

January 2nd, 2019 by David Simms

Categorized as: Election Tips, Time Savers

The Association Election Model

Your association made the switch from paper to electronic years ago. Congratulations! That’s progress and you’re already spending less time and money than you once did. But it’s only the beginning and there is likely still further evolution to experience. Too regularly I see clients not taking full advantage of system features, or—if using another […]

December 5th, 2018 by David Simms

Categorized as: Election Tips, Product Development

List Candidates in Single or Double Columns

By default, candidate names display in a 2-column layout. This is good as it helps reduce the amount of scrolling a voter must do in order 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 […]

October 3rd, 2018 by David Simms

Categorized as: Election Tips

7 Don'ts for Starting an Election

I’ve seen this. A client’s election begins and they do some really proper things such as: Unfortunately, I’ve seen times when the beauty of these things almost gets lost in a clutter of aimless and horribly verbose text surrounding it. I’ll not name names or even copy and paste bad examples here (at least not […]

April 4th, 2018 by David Simms

Categorized as: Election Tips

Best Day to Begin an Election

I’ll not keep you in suspense until the end of the article to answer the question of what day of the week is best for an organization to begin its election. The answer is, it depends. And the thing it depends on most is your own organization and anything specific to it. In a previous […]

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