Member-based organizations are required to hold elections to decide representation, contracts, bylaws and other internal matters. Therefore, it’s critical that the nomination process is executed properly. Associations, cooperatives, educational institutions, financial institutions, homeowners associations (HOAs), unions, and pension systems are governed by specific bylaws that detail the election nomination process, including who can nominate candidates, how to select nominees, deadlines, and candidate qualifications.
For groups that have historically relied on paper ballots, transitioning to online elections may feel daunting. The good news is shifting from one voting method to another is much easier than you may think. Hybrid voting provides several options for associations considering a move to online elections.
Associations and other member-based groups that organize elections have long relied on paper ballots to process votes. While this traditional method is still considered a popular option, organizations are increasingly turning to online elections as a way to reduce costs and increase turnout, among other advantages.
Thousands of association members vote from the comfort of their own homes each year, with little inconvenience to their daily lives. Given its success, and the ubiquity of digital devices, online voting is primed to become even more popular in the years to come.
Online voting is increasingly becoming the preferred method for member-based groups holding annual elections. Truthfully, we’re not surprised. From increased voter turnout, election costs savings and investments in security, online voting prioritizes convenience without compromising election integrity.
Elections are expensive endeavors. From printing ballots to mass mailings, the financial toll of operating an election can put a strain on any budget. Online voting can help save money.
Election security has become a hot topic in recent years, prompting public agencies to refocus efforts at securing voting systems.
Organizing an election is no small task. As some groups can attest, there’s nothing more deflating for organizations than to work tirelessly to get everything up and running only to see a small percentage of eligible members cast a vote.
Online voting has become the go-to election model for member-based organizations worldwide.
Private elections serve a variety of important functions. For the most part, these races will decide who sits on the board of an organization, the fate of a new union contract, or whether members agree on initiatives designed to improve the lives of the entire group.