Running an election with multiple voting methods can seem overwhelming. However, implementing various forms of voting can increase turnout and satisfaction because members can choose the option best for them, whether it’s traditional paper ballots or voting online.
The world’s democratic history began with in-person voting, as eligible citizens would meet to exclaim “yay” or “nay” for a candidate. Today, on-site voting continues to thrive in government elections and member-based organization contests.
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.