How can modern technology help your election process?

Member organization elections have come a long way in the last 20 years. Paper ballots are still popular, but over the years organizations have added phone and online voting options.

With technology seemingly evolving at the speed of light, it’s beneficial for member organizations to utilize the latest election tech. Why?

More voting options give members a convenient way to cast their ballots, member organizations increase their election participation and organizations benefit from an increase in member engagement.


Here are five technology upgrades to consider for your next election:

Embedded login links

When organizations offer an online voting option, the top issue is potential voters misplacing their user name and/or password information.

You can eliminate this issue with embedded auto login links right in the election invitation email and any reminder emails!

Users simply click the link, are automatically authenticated and allowed into the online voting system to cast their secure ballot.

Election Analytics

Elections provide valuable insight into member behavior and preferences. Utilizing the data collected during elections enables you to improve future elections and better understand your membership. With election analytics, you can:

  • Visualize geographic hotspots: Determine areas of focus. Strategically promote election information more heavily in areas with high voter activity to maximize participation or target areas with lower engagement to boost turnout.
  • Quantify voter participation methods: Analyze member preferences for mobile, online, and in-person voting to tailor your approach and increase engagement.
  • Identify popular devices, browsers, and operating systems: Understand popular voting methods, nailing down your members’ most preferred voting devices and preferred browsers.

Survey & Ballot Systems (SBS) ensures your data is secure with 24/7 monitoring, TLS encryption, and other industry-leading practices.

Are you ready to add technology to your election process?

Contact us to learn more!

QR codes

When it comes to getting members to cast their ballots, the key is to make it as easy and convenient as possible.

By utilizing custom QR codes, voters can simply scan the code (printed on personalized election materials) with their mobile device and quickly log in to their secure online ballots. And your organization gets credit for offering a quick and simple way for your members to vote!

Single sign-on

As we mentioned before, “I forgot my login information,” is the most repeated phrase member organizations hear during their elections – just another barrier to voting.

Single sign-on technology turns your organization’s website into an online election portal and securely authenticates eligible voters right then and there.

No more forgotten passwords and increased traffic to your website – that makes single sign-on a powerful solution that works for you.

Participation reminders

When members don’t receive an election reminder, they’re much less likely to vote. Members receiving at least three election reminders are nearly twice as likely to cast their ballots.

Letters, postcards, emails and online reminders, when well-timed and skillfully crafted, are a proven way to boost voter turnout. If this sounds like a lot of work, it can be if you’re not taking advantage of technology to schedule, deploy, track and report the results. Let technology take this task of your plate.

Technology, when it’s tested and expertly used, can increase voter participation by providing members quick, easy, convenient and secure options to cast their ballots.

Interested in deploying any of these technologies in your next election? Wondering how to make election technology work for you? Contact us any time, we’re here to help!