See voting systems to read about other voting and tally methods.
Announcements are run before a vote, as they are meant to announce the upcoming vote to your voters and capture nominations. Instead of voters choosing between pre-listed candidates, they are given spaces for writing in nominations or alternatively can be set up to select from a drop-down list. The number of spaces for nominations is determined by the administrator during setup. Otherwise, announcements are set up and run very similarly to a vote.
How the Results are Calculated
All recorded nominations appear in the results. Any duplicate nominations are summed by ElectionBuddy, and the total number of times each candidate was nominated is displayed. The nominations may also be consolidated in the event that a voter has nominated a candidate by a different name than others have nominated them by (for example, “Dave” and “David”). This is achieved by dragging and dropping a nomination toward the other nominations for that same candidate. ElectionBuddy will link the nominations and re-tally the nomination for that candidate to reflect the new total.
For more information, see Nomination on Wikipedia