It’s easy for members to make mistakes while casting their vote by paper ballot: perhaps they over-voted, left something blank, or wrote their name on a secret ballot. There are many ways human errors can make a paper ballot invalid. Thankfully, there are many simple and cost-effective ways to eliminate the most common voting errors.
A recent study by Rice University found that voting by smartphone leads to fewer voter mistakes. We think that voting by electronic means in general (online voting or touchscreen voting if your election takes place at a convention) greatly reduces the possibilities of voting errors and ultimately invalid ballots. Here are some easily implemented solutions to the most common voting errors associated with paper ballots.
A common error voters make on paper ballots is selecting too many candidates. Touchscreen and online voting are capable of limiting the number of candidates a voter selects per race. Election-America prevents the possibility for members to over-vote and also notifies members if they don’t make enough selections.
One of the most common mistakes voters make is voting for the wrong person! Election-America features a review screen that allows voters to review how they voted before they finalize their vote. Not only does the review screen show who or what the member voted for, but if they left any fields or sections blank they would be notified.
Election-America can provide one vote per member security. Online, smart phone, or touchscreen voting requires secure voting credentials. Voting credentials can include member id, email address, randomly generated unique ids, and so on.
About the Author:
Donna Emanuele is the Social Engagement Advocate for Election-America. Seasoned in in community engagement and participation, working in the field of elections seemed a natural fit for Donna. Donna can be reached directly at (866) 514-2995 x111 or DEmanuele@Election-America.com.