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Our nonprofit organization will be electing its Board of Directors soon. Previously done in person at our annual meeting, but this year we need to do it online.
We only have about 50 eligible voters, but we want a secure system to send a one-time-use password to each voter, and allow them to vote over several days, for as many candidates as they like. Support for "Instant Run Off" voting would be a nice option. A WordPress Plugin would be ideal, but any system that will be secure and reasonably affordable would be great.
Any suggestions? Thanks!
Hi David, and welcome to TechSoup!
I did a quick search for online nonprofit board election and found a few that look promising:
I'm sure there are more. (And please don't take this as an endorsement of any of them.)
RobertForum Moderator Robert L. Weiner ConsultingStrategic Technology Advisors to Nonprofit and Educational Organizationsrobert [AT] rlweiner [DOT] comwww.rlweiner.com
Thanks for the leads. At this point we are looking most closely at OpaVote -- it is very reasonably priced, and offers an enormous variety of options for vote-counting methodologies, as well as excellent guidance on that subject.
It would still be great to hear from people who have experience with any of these.
We've used Electionrunner.com for board elections and for taking other types of electronic votes for several years, and we've been very pleased with it. It supports all of the requirements you mentioned, including "instant run off" voting, but it does not have a WordPress plugin.
Electionrunner's user interface for setting up elections is fairly straightforward and modern, and the actual voting interface works well on desktops, laptops, and cell phones. We also like its features for sending reminders to people who haven't voted, as well as its other management and analysis tools. Pricing is very competitive.
You might also take a look at using a general purpose survey tool, like SurveyMonkey, which can be adapted for use in elections without too much trouble.
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