Running Elections in a Non-English Language
Voter-facing components of ElectionBuddy (i.e. notices and the ballot) can be customized to allow for other languages to be presented to voters. Setup pages, which exclusively face the election administrator, and the results pages currently are only displayed in English.
- The Ballot
- Multi-Lingual Ballots (Partial Ballot Translations)
- Fully Non-English Ballots (Full Ballot Translations)
We currently provide fully non-English ballots in Portuguese and French. Are you looking to have a fully non-English ballot in a language that we do not currently offer? Please contact us to discuss a collaborative effort to add your preferred language to our voting language options.
Multi-Lingual Notices (Partial Notice Translations)
The default notice template includes space for additional text to be added:
This space allows you to add any alternative languages that you need to provide to your voters.
If you would like to change the entirety of the notice, and also provide an alternative language, you can use Advanced Notice Customization.
Fully Non-English Notices (Full Notice Translations)
If your voter population does not speak English whatsoever, Advanced Notice Customization can also be used to send out a notice that is entirely in a non-English language:
Multi-Lingual Ballots (Partial Ballot Translations)
You can include multiple languages, or a different language, by customizing the text in the following areas of your election setup:
- On the ballot questions: any place that you can input text can include text using a different language, including candidate profiles. Unless the language you are using is one of the ones that we have a full ballot translation for, then by default, the non-customizable text will appear in English; you are welcome to include a translated version of that default text in a second language in one of the customizable text fields:
- With "Advanced Ballot Customization" turned on, you can also change the languages on the "Verify your selection" button, the text for the verification instructions, the "Edit Ballot" button, the "Submit ballot" button, the confirmation title text, and the confirmation body text:
Fully Non-English Ballots (Full Ballot Translations)
Electionbuddy currently offers three languages for full ballot translation when used in addition to your own text in these languages:
- English (default)
On the "Details" page of your election setup, you will have the option of setting the default language for the ballot:
If you choose a language other than English, you will see the ballot instructions and ballot buttons (you can view these with Advanced Ballot Customization turned on) have changed languages based on your choice:
Voters will have the opportunity to change the language while voting if their preferred language is not the default that you've chosen for the majority of your voters:
This language setting will change the language for all of the non-customizable text on the ballot (for example, the "Abstain" option).
As noted above, if you have customized any of the buttons/help text via Advanced Ballot Customization, the voters will not be able to change the language of that text (as ElectionBuddy cannot predict what you have put there in order to translate it). It will stay in the language that you've used during customization.