When you’re part of a member organization, the start of a new year is the ideal time to evaluate your current elections process and set goals for any upcoming elections.
Unsure of where to start? We’ve got some effective ideas that were compiled from hundreds of member elections we’ve administered over the years.
Evaluating your current election process
One of the top reasons organizations begin looking to change their existing election process is because of cost. When your elections are run internally, they can often be very costly – not only to the bottom line, but for staff time and resources as well.
Another item to consider is your current voting process and if there is a want or need to provide additional voting options. Members are requesting the option to vote online, which can seem like a big change for organizations that don’t want to alienate members comfortable with paper ballots. Fortunately, plenty of hybrid voting options exist that can provide choices for your organization’s members.
The simplest way to evaluate your current process? Ask yourselves two questions:
- Is my election process as convenient as possible for members to vote?
- Is this process truly cost-effective for the organization?
Setting goals for your next election
After you’ve evaluated your current elections process, it’s time to set goals for your organization’s elections moving forward. This can often seem overwhelming, but when you break it down into specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound goals, it’ll be more manageable for you and your staff.
Specific – Maybe your organization wants to increase voter participation. Perhaps your organization would most benefit from gathering valuable member data. Additionally, you may want to ensure a more transparent and secure election. Those are all very specifically defined goals, which makes them more achievable.
Measurable – If your organization can’t measure goals, you won’t know if you’ve achieved success. For example, you know that 10% of your members currently vote in elections, you can set a measurable goal to increase participation to 20%.
Attainable – Be realistic. While it would be nice to engage every single member, and achieve 100% voter participation, the likelihood of that actually happening is slim to none for nearly every organization. Setting reasonable goals increase the chances those goals will be achieved!
Relevant – Ask yourselves how and why your goals are relevant to the organization both short-term and long-term. If your goals are unlikely to produce any results, it’s time to re-examine that goals list.
Time-bound – Set deadlines and share those dates widely so they end up on the to-do lists of any and all people who can take action.
Still overwhelmed by what your election goals should be and how to achieve them? Survey & Ballot Systems helps member-based organizations set and reach member election goals every day. Contact us any time, we’re here to help!