Few events are as catastrophic for a member organization than an election with challenged results. Members feel their trust has been violated, and the organization has been less than forthcoming and not transparent. They may even feel their place in the organization is threatened, regardless of the circumstances.
From “simple” issues such as misspelled names on ballots to potentially more significant problems like voter database issues – challenged election results are a disaster. So, how do you prevent your member organization from dealing with such a debacle?
Maintain a current and accurate member database
Ballots sent to wrong addresses, members never receiving information about an upcoming election, non-members receiving ballots meant for someone else … keeping your member database up-to-date can be time-consuming and an administrative chore, but when inaccurate information leads to election issues, it will be much worse.
Work with a third-party partner
Trust the experts. When you have a dependable election partner, you’ll reap the rewards of not only another set of eyes to proofread materials but also a tested, reliable, and secure process. Ensuring voters there is no bias or unfairness.
Reputable companies have processes to ensure ballot access and election transparency, plans for preservation, secrecy, tabulation, and reporting. Most importantly, they have encountered just about every possible election scenario, so they know how to handle any issues properly.
Don’t simply assume that your members know your elections process. Use every possible opportunity to communicate with them about the nominations, ballot and elections procedures as well as the steps your organization takes to ensure security, reliability and trustworthiness of the voting and tabulation process.
Survey & Ballot Systems (SBS) has administered thousands of elections for hundreds of member organizations. For decades, we have been a trusted third-party elections partner with tested and sound database management practices, effective marketing and communications plans, and a highly secure process for preventing election fraud, mistakes, and mismanagement.
SBS has it covered from planning to implementation to post-election analysis from onsite voting with paper ballots to mobile or online voting and everything in between. With an emphasis on engagement, security, and transparency.
Don’t let your organization’s election fall victim to challenged results – for any reason. Talk with an election expert today, we’re here to help with everything from database accuracy to physical ballot security plans.