Add support staff, college and university faculty, and retirees, education associations have their hands full advocating for some of the most dedicated, inspiring, and caring professionals in the country.
From petitioning local, state, and national lawmakers, to negotiating union contracts, wages, retirement benefits, healthcare, and representing these thousands of collective members in public, there’s little bandwidth left for organizing internal elections, which can be all encompassing.
Educators lead busy lives. They inform and inspire our youngest generation, grade tests and papers on their own time, and endeavor to put them on the correct path. In the same breadth, college and university faculty help shape future leaders as they’re knocking on the door of adulthood. When educators decide to retire, they rely on their respective associations to continue their advocacy efforts, ensuring stability in retirement.
Of course, it’s difficult to quantify the breadth and scope of the work—inside and outside the classroom—educators are confronted with everyday. One way to alleviate work-life pressures, is by making association-related responsibilities less taxing.
Online voting adds a measure of convenience that not only makes casting a ballot simple and stress-free, but improves the chances of members participating in future elections.
We’ve invested heavily in state-of-the-art digital infrastructure, which seamlessly connects with member portals, where educators, retirees, and alumni cast their votes and access other member services. Among the other benefits of YesElections’ online voting service: single-vote technology that ensures members can’t vote twice, 24/7 support, real-time ballot tracking, data privacy protection, reduced costs, and increased engagement and turnout.
Education and alumni associations proudly serve members across different generations and demographics. To encourage increased engagement and voter turnout, associations have a choice of various voting methods, including online and paper voting, or Hybrid and Composite alternatives.
With the Hybrid method, all members receive a paper ballot in the mail, which they can use to cast their vote. If they prefer to vote online, members simply follow the instructions included in the packet and cast a ballot at their convenience. This option is often used when groups are transitioning to online voting. The Composite method allows us send online ballots to members who’ve previously submitted email addresses, and paper ballots to those who only have physical addresses on file.
Between raising funds, organizing on-campus goings on or events throughout the country, and other large social gatherings, alumni associations always have their members best-interest at hearts.
A common theme of alumni elections is they attract a slew of candidates, making preparing ballots and associated material painstaking. Using our exclusive Nomination Central technology, alumni groups can track and collect paper and online signatures, compile candidate applications, along with biographies and photos, and review eligibility.
Since members are often dispersed throughout the country, YesElections can meticulously prepare paper ballots and mailings or organize online or hybrid elections.