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March 2013


Part 1: Leadership’s Election Concerns

Posted by Peter Westerhaus


Member organizations everywhere are looking to improve their election efforts. The reason? Voting and elections provide the perfect opportunity to engage members and demonstrate good governance. Because of this, leaders and executives of member organizations are taking a closer look at how they can improve their voting efforts.

Over the course of the next few postings, we will share what we believe are the top five areas of improvement leaders and boards consider when looking at their elections.

We hope you enjoy the series. Make sure to chime in with your comments on what you have experienced in your own organization…

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Leadership’s Election Concern #1 – Precision

How effectively does the organization execute the election? Elections can sometimes become your staff’s main focus, and when this happens, serving members becomes a lower priority. If running the vote does monopolize staff time, here are a couple of things you can do:

  1. Take a look at switching voting methods. A switch in voting method can sometimes ease the strain on staff resources. For example, if staff is consumed with packing ballots and mailing envelopes, a switch to an online voting system might be a good solution.
  2. Add temporary help. Adding temporary help ensures the organization has the extra bandwidth to deal with the additional labor an election brings.
  3. Outsource. Whether it is adding a new voting method, employing advanced security, or simply taking the burden off the shoulders’ of staff, the right election service vendor ensures the vote is managed professionally, efficiently, and executed on time.

Up next – the privacy of voter data and election information…


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