The Advantages of Voting Online

You have probably heard about online voting systems many times, but do you know what online voting really is, or what benefits it can bring to the future? We will not talk about the possibility of establishing a digital democracy, but rather about serious advantages of electronic voting that may be the solution for faster, more reliable and cheaper voting systems in the future. Electronic online voting systems are mostly used by different service organizations, homeowners associations, trade and professional organizations, sororities, fraternities, country clubs, charities, schools, corporations, churches and similar. Every organization that opts for voting online will enjoy many advantages. Learn why more and more professional organizations and associations choose online voting.

Configure Elections Only Once

One the primary advantages of using modern technology and electronic voting solutions is that you will have to configure elections only once. Other types of voting systems require configuring elections from scratch each time. However, by copying your previous election and specifying only the names of the candidates and the election dates, you will save a lot of time when preparing your next election.

Reduced Costs

Another major benefit of online voting is reduced costs. Since you don’t have to print papers, mail and tabulate ballots, your association or organization won’t have to burn holes in their pockets to organize a quality and reliable election. Printing, mailing and tabulating paper ballots will be forever eliminated from the election process. In case the election administrator requires paper ballots in some point of the election, they can be generated on demand.

Increase Voter Participation

Sometimes, and individual would like to vote, but they simply forget to do so. Online voting systems also come with email reminders that will help increase voter participation. In case an individual form your organization has not voted, he will receive a reminder to vote. The best thing is that he can simply click on the link in the email and go straight to his online ballot.

Each email address of the members of your association or organization will have to be validated. The system will notify you if any of the addresses were not properly formatted, or if there are some other issues.

Fair Election Every Time

Thanks to component of the online voting system, called ballot scrubbing, no vote can be spoiled in any way or against the voting rules. Before casting a ballot, all voters will receive clear instructions and rules about how to vote and how to conform to the rules of voting and your election.

Ballot shuffling will provide all candidates a fair election by randomly ordering them on every ballot. This way, all candidates will in a certain moment, have prime name placement on the vote. Online voting solutions provide every voter to correct his mistake before submitting his ballot. However, once the vote is submitted, it cannot be altered again.

Instant Election Results

As soon as your election starts, you won’t have to worry about human error in tabulation, because all votes will be automatically tallied.  The results will be available as soon as the elections are closed. Apart from instant results, you will also receive reports and daily statistics about the progress of the elections. Lastly, all election results will be adequately archived and available at your account if you need them.

The Electoral College

The easiest way to define the Electoral College is to define it as an official body of people that represent the states of the US. This body, once elected, will formally cast votes for the election of the president and vice president of the US. So, when a citizen of the US votes for a President or a Vice President, he or she is not directly voting for the President or Vice President of the US, but for presidential electors, also known as the Electoral College. Each state in the US must have a specific number of electors to vote for. In order to determine that number, every state has an assigned number of possible members of the electorate. That number is based on the total of the state’s Senate and House of Representatives delegations. Currently, the number of electors per state can go from three to fifty four.

How are Candidates for Electors Chosen?

It is established by the US Constitution that citizens of United States need to vote in each state of the USA at a general election in order to choose members of the electorate who will further represent a particular party’s candidate. Only after these general electors have been elected, people can vote for party candidates who will later become the President and Vice president of the US. Political parties are the ones who usually nominate electoral candidates each presidential election year. Apart from political parties, candidates can also be chosen by other groups. The decision is usually made at a state party convention, or by the party state committee.

During voting, citizens of US should follow the rules of the Twelfth Amendment that requires voter to cast a ballot for the President and another one for the Vice President. Although electors are expected to vote for the candidates they represent, they are not obliged to do so. Electors are chosen every four years, exactly on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November. On the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December, a meeting is held to cast ballots. The candidate who wins the most votes will become the President and Vice president of the United States. This system is called general ticket system or the winner-take-all system. In case no candidate receives the required majority of (electoral) votes, the President will have to be elected by the House of Representatives. The Vice President will be elected by the Senate. Currently, in order to win and become the President of US, a candidate requires 270 of 538 electoral votes. After the election, the Electoral College votes have to be certified by Congress that held in January. As soon as the Electoral College completes their obligation, they will not exist for another four years.

The Electoral College system was established in the 19th century, and it has significantly developed until today. Unfortunately, many citizens of US states still know little or nothing about the existence or duties of the Electoral College. Therefore, most US voters make a mistake if they believe that they are casting a ballot for their candidate directly.