May 24th, 2024 by David Simms

Categorized as: Other


WordPress, the enormously popular Content Management System, is supported by a collection of tools and practices aimed at enhancing its security. But secure is a relative term and while those tools and practices can help make WordPress more secure than its default installation, cybersecurity professionals still cringe at the thought of using it on high-security […]

November 29th, 2023 by David Simms

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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, […]

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 […]

November 7th, 2018 by David Simms

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In-house Election Management

Election administration is the process of setting up the ballot; ensuring candidate biographical information, when applicable, is loaded into the system; associating a voter roster with the election; testing the setup to ensure everything works as expected; running the election; and retrieving the results at the end. The occasional prospective client will sometimes approach ElectionsOnline to […]

May 2nd, 2018 by David Simms

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7 Reasons to Buy, Not Build

I received a phone call recently from a prospective client who said her association tried online voting the previous year using a system built by internal IT staff, but with their IT services now fully outsourced, and that IT staffer now a former employee, they no longer had access to that system and were shopping […]

July 6th, 2016 by David Simms

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Vertical Versus Horizontal Election Providers

ElectionsOnline serves a very broad base of clients including professional and trade associations, educational institutions, community groups, businesses and much more. In other words, while online voting software is a very narrowly focused service, the client base is quite horizontal and spans a broad spectrum. Before going further, let’s make sure this concept of a […]

May 4th, 2016 by David Simms

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Email Announcement Changes

You conduct a mass mailing and a certain percentage of emails go undelivered because they simply don’t exist. This is normal, but you may be wondering if that percentage is within a normal range when compared to other organizations. To answer the question, I looked at week-by-week statistics for the percentage of emails that were […]

April 22nd, 2014 by David Simms

Categorized as: Company News, Other

Skypunch and Trout Unlimited

On this Earth Day, what more appropriate topic but then to go into Skypunch’s involvement with 1% for the Planet? Since 2006 Skypunch has been a proud member of 1% for the Planet, but that membership is really just a conduit for a very special relationship that exists between Skypunch and the Ernie Nester Chapter […]

October 8th, 2013 by David Simms

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The Role of RFPs

Requests for Proposals (RFPs) are used by organizations to do as their name implies, and request a proposal from a vendor for goods or services. I’ve had extensive experience with them as a result of having more than eleven years experience providing election services combined with more than thirteen years experience working inside a non-profit […]