An Overview of the Ballot Question Settings

There are four different ballot question settings that you can choose from for your ballot. The availability of these settings for a given ballot question is dictated by the type of vote you are using; however, "Allow abstain" is available for all ballot questions. 

Random Order

Each voter will be presented with a ballot that randomizes (shuffles) the order of candidates or questions. This removes the Ballot Order Effect on voting results (where the first candidate or question is more likely to be selected than the lower-ordered candidates). This setting is available for plurality-, cumulative-, preferential-, and referendum-type ballot questions.

Voter 1 Voter 2 Voter 3

Write-in

A voter can enter their own voting choice as a candidate or option. In Electionbuddy, the number of write-ins available for a given ballot question is dictated by the number of vacancies for that position. For example, if you have two vacancies, your voters will be allowed to provide two write-ins. This setting is available for plurality-type ballot questions.

Abstains

A voter can choose not to vote for any option or candidate by selecting “Abstain” when they submit their vote. This can mean the voter does not find the options or candidate presented to be suitable for the position. In all cases, an "Abstain" is better than the voter not voting at all, so allowing for abstains can help increase your voter turnout. This setting is available for all ballot questions. 

Comments

A voter can enter their own comments or notes in addition to answering the question. This can be helpful in collecting voter opinions, feedback, and suggestions. All submitted comments will be displayed with the election results. This setting is available for referendum-type ballot questions. 

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