Setting Up Your Election's Start Date/Time and End Date/Time
You add your election's start and end date and time in the first stage of your election setup: the "Details" stage. It's a pretty straightforward process:
- Pick the timezone relevant to your election.
- Either type out, or select from the list (the buttons on the end of the input area - the calendar and clock), your start date and time for your election.
- Either type out, or select from the list (the buttons on the end of the input area - the calendar and clock), your end date and time for your election.
This area has a few hidden "tricks" to it. Here is a guide to those tricks, so you can set up your elections like you're a pro:
- The election start and end date/time input fields are predictive - as you type, they will suggest input for you. To choose the suggested input, click on it, or hit "Enter".
- The election start and end date/time input fields are also "clever". For example, try typing "now" into your election's start time!
- If you're working with a duplicated election, you may run into some issues setting your election's start date/time:
- Have you checked your election's end date/time?
- You cannot set a start date/time that is after your election's end date/time. Try changing your end date/time before you adjust your start date/time!
- You can choose a time that is not on the quarter hour, although it looks like you can't.
- For example, if you are trying to set your election start time to 2:55 PM, you cannot select this option from the drop-down list that appears when you click the clock-labeled button, and when you type it in, it is going to appear to change to 3:00 PM (see the image above).
- If you've typed in 2:55 PM, and it changes to 3:00 PM, proceed through the rest of your election setup until you hit "Review". Take a look at your election's details:
The intended time was saved as your election start time!
- It's a little confusing - we know. But, this occurs for some somewhat complex technical reasons, related to the fact that the list is intervaled on the quarter hour (it is not a bug - there are technical limitations involved).