As we are sure you know by now, we at Assembly Voting don’t shy away from talking about online voting. But we thought it was time to discuss more specific reasons why organizations would benefit from adopting online voting. Check them out below!
1. Boosting member engagement
In any organization, a good member is an engaged member. Online voting can serve a valuable role in getting members more engaged in several ways. First, with a flexible and intuitive voting solution, voting on a wider variety of organizational matters is just a few clicks away. Second, due to the ease of voting on more items online, member participation in votes becomes nearly hurdle-free, which can easily lead to large increases in turnout.
2. Increasing accessibility
What’s a voting system worth if not everyone can submit ballots anonymously? Not much to those with disabilities, as they may not be able to physically travel to a polling place or submit an absentee ballot without the help of another. However, if you use an online voting system which follows web accessibility standards and allows for the use of text-to-speech engines or similar devices, online voting can help anyone vote regardless of any limitations they may face.
3. Lowering administrative costs
For all you number-crunchers out there: how much does a pen-and-paper election usually cost you? While introducing online voting can seem expensive, we have found that it often pays for itself in the long run. For example, if you want to allow voters to vote from a place of their choosing, such as their homes, you will have to mail them the necessary voting materials. This may not be a back-breaking expense for some organizations, but it will certainly add up over time!
4. Enabling voting on a more frequent basis
Online voting and more frequent votes: now that’s a winning combination. Organizations are made stronger when citizens can voice their opinions more frequently, and the convenience of online voting makes this process so much easier. With a system allowing quick set-up of ballots and elections, your organization is not only able to vote on more things, but also help boost member engagement since members are now more frequently involved in decision-making. Just don’t get too carried away with this wonderful new opportunity: voter fatigue is a real thing!
There are many other reasons why you should start using online voting and we definitely think you should! But don’t just take our word for it, listen to what our customers have to say! Here is a testimonial from Jonas and Christoffer, from the trade unions Dansk Metal and HK respectively, about using online voting and why you should too: