By a large margin, most people use ElectionBuddy for elections. But, did you know that ElectionBuddy also has a feature specifically for the nomination process before an election as well?
It's called the "Announcement" feature. It can be found on the first page of your election setup (the "Details" page):
When this is selected, the "Details" page will change to ask for three dates/times:
The election start date/time - the start date is included in the announcement notice to let voters know when voting opens.
The announcement start date/time - when the nomination period begins and announcement notices are sent to voters.
The announcement end date/time - when the nomination period is over.
The "Ballot" stage of setup is also different from a regular election, as only two question types ("Nomination" and "Plurality") are available when doing an Announcement.
The "Nomination" question type is for collecting your nominations.
"Plurality" is available in the event that you'd like to poll your members, or put something to a "Yes"/"No" vote prior to the election.
When you click "+ Add position or question", you will see the following window:
When you create a "Nomination" question, you will need to set the number of candidates that a voter can nominate, and will end up with something like this:
This results in a ballot with two spots for writing in the names of the candidates being nominated.
When you create a "Registration" question, you will end up with the below when using the default choices:
This question can be used in advance to your meeting/election to collect who is planning on attending. You can then use the responses to help create your voter list for your meeting/election.
The notification types available for an Announcement are the same as a regular election; however, please note that the default text is different. The rest is the same as a regular election as well: you put in your voter list, review all the components of your Announcement setup, and get it started!
Some things to note:
Announcements are not included with an election, and an election does not come with an announcement; they are independent and you pay for each (i.e. if running a nomination and an election with ElectionBuddy, you pay for the announcement and then you pay for the election).
Announcements are priced identically to elections.
If you need to be able to associate nominators with their nominees, use our "Poll" setting in "Voter Anonymity". For more details, please see our related article on the "Voter Anonymity" setting.