Manually Starting/Ending Voting
Most likely, if you are running a live meeting, you won't know the exact time your voting will have to start, and subsequently, you won't know the exact time that your voting will have to end. Below are instructions on how to manually start and end your voting.
Manually Starting Your Voting
If you want to manually start your election go to the "Details" page and select a start date that will be in the past by the time your election rolls around. For example, if my meeting is on August 31st, 2020 I might set the start date as August 20th, 2020:
The net is, that as long as the date is in the past you will be able to manually open your election. After this is completed, you will complete all the setup steps as usual. If this is your first time using ElectionBuddy I would suggest checking out the following help article: Election Setup — A Brief Overview.
The next step is to get to the "Review" page, complete the tasks, and then leave the page to complete payment until you are ready to send the election out. You should see the below banner, which lets you know that your election will immediately enter the "Running" state after you have paid:
Manually Ending Your Voting
If you want to manually close your voting after your defined voting period has ended, we would suggest an end date and time well into the future. For example, if my election date is August 31st, 2020 I may select a date like September 30th, 2020:
Then once your voting period has ended you can manually close your election by following the below instructions:
- Log in to your
- Click on your election's name to go to your election's "Results" page.
- From the "Actions" menu, click on the "Close now" link.
- A warning will appear; to continue with closing the election, choose "OK".
You just want to choose an end date well into the future to ensure that your scheduled end time will never be reached, meaning that ElectionBuddy will never automatically close the election on you.