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Surveys or Polls using Scored Voting
Surveys or Polls using Scored Voting
Create survey or poll questions with scored voting
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Written by Ryan
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ElectionBuddy's scored voting system can be used for creating survey questions or polls where members provide feedback by scoring on a scale. Voters assign a score to each choice on the ballot by selecting the score from a drop-down list.


Step 1: Create a new question

Add a new question of type "Surveys" from the Add Question window.

Step 2: Enter Question details

When using a scored question for a survey, each choice for the question becomes a question itself. Add your question title and the text for each choice vote will choose from

Step 3: Configure how many answers are required

ElectionBuddy provides a scale from which voters will choose their answer. The number of score choices your votes will choose from can be customized. A score from negative to positive numbers is also accepted. e.g. -1 to 3.

ElectionBuddy requires voters to answer all question choices by default, but this can be changed to a specific number or a range of choices.

You are able to change the minimum choices to 0 which effectively allows voters to submit their ballot without needing to answer the survey questions. This removes the need for an abstain choice on your question but also comes with the risk of less voter engagement.

Step 4: Define answers for each survey question

The scale can be further edited by opening the Edit Scores link and changing the labels of the answers.

Step 5: Answer display options

Change the order in which the scores are displayed by selecting ascending or descending.

Enabling "N/A - not applicable", allows voters to opt out of answering questions on the survey.

Scored Question Voting

Voters can select the same answer for all survey questions by selecting an answer from the menu in the title area of the question.

Scored Question Results

The results are tallied for each question choice.

Click on the green information ( i ) to view the breakdown of votes for each choice.

Downloading the results will provide the same vote breakdown as provided in the Vote-by-Vote tab.

Graphed Results show a visual representation of the scores.

How "NA" Scores are handled.
The selection of "NA" is not included in the score for each choice. For example, if two voters select a score of "2", and one voter selected "NA" on the same choice, the total score would equal 4 (2 + 2) and the average score would equal 2. ElectionBuddy counts NA as a score of 0 and does not include the selection in the average score.

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