Polls – for collecting member feedback and voting (e.g. elections)
Polls are not supported, an external tool must be used (e.g. wufoo.com)
The ability to create polls that can be sent to members
Unfortunately, the original release date (~Oct 2017) of this feature has been changed, but it is still a top priority. So we expect it to be released by end of Q1 in 2018.
Our apologies for the delay and pushed release date. But until then, you can expect regular updates to be posted here, so if any of the requirements change or you have something to add please do so.
We need the ability to select more than one candidate from a slate - for example the ability to vote for two people from a slate of five candidates.
Lawrence Winkler commented
One purpose of voting for our site is implement a photo contest and allow voting on favorite photos.
Just another USE CASE for your consideration.
Andrew Miller commented
We would like to use this for electing our board of directors. We have four regions and each member votes for one regional representative from a (region-specific) slate of regional representative candidates. We would prefer that each member automatically see the candidates for their specific region (which we would need to assign per member). A viable workaround would be for the poll to ask the member what their region is and then display the candidates for that region. Thank you for your time and help!
@Trisha – Unfortunately we had to push the release to end of Q1 2018. But this is still a high priority feature, so we're actively working on it to make sure that happens.
From the WA Team CMS this feature was to be made available October-ish? Is it only available to certain level WA subscribers?
Natalie Needham commented
Having some way to hold a vote online, where each member only gets one vote would be really nice to have.
In our annual board member elections, each member votes for 6 people from the slate of candidates. Each voting member will need to be restricted to voting once, but have the ability to vote for a specified multiple or maximum number of candidates depending on the set up preference.
Deane Southworth commented
When alpha testing is available, I would like to be included. This should be a priority since most organizations have elections!
Annette Cook commented
I'd like WA to offer a feature that allows us to have elections with ballots that are only available to our members. They would have to log in but their responses would be encrypted in such a way as not to be able to know who the voted for, nor allow for a member to vote more than once. Thank you.
Cheri Saner commented
Great news! Where can we find this feature and when can we start using it?
Right now planned release date is 25 September. If all goes well. If we will stumble on some unexpected problems, then the date will be moved to 12 Oct. Though for now everything looks good.
Feature will be available at first only to clients that answered our alpha testing form that we emailed to everyone who voted for this topic.
Within 2-3 weeks after that we have plans to make it available for everyone.
After that we are planning to update this feature with new functionality every month. (We hope to be able to update it each 2 weeks, but we can not promise that we will be able too until we try. So that is a secret.)
Please let us know the release date for this feature. Thank you.
With first release only one person per vote anonymous will be available. As it is the most requested type of voting. But we will definitely make identified voting and membership based restriction. Right after we release election poll type and ability to share polls at the website with the gadget.
Jon Crossno commented
To add an additional "wrinkle", let me explain the situation the association I represent deals with. We are a regional chapter of a larger national library association, and while we are a completely separate entity from the national group, we function as an affiliated organization.
In our annual elections, we have 2-3 positions that all of *our* members must vote for, but we also have 1-3 positions for which only members of both our association and the national association are eligible to vote.
So ideally, what we would need in the voting/elections aspect is the ability to restrict certain "questions" (using conditional logic) to be viewed only by a specific member group or using criteria from the membership database. This would allow us to run a single ballot, with the positions eligible for members of both associations only showing up for those members.
Alternatively, we could follow the same model we have for our current online voting method: create 2 separate surveys/ballots, with one going to members of both association, and the other only to our members.
Will you allow one person per vote anonymous voting? Or just identified, membership based voting?
Fantastic news and welcomed functionality.
Include a function for surveys and ballots!
That is exciting news! Thank you!
Our organization holds annual board elections where the bundle administrator is the authorized voter of group memberships. It would be great if the voting/election process has a way to select the bundle administrator to receive the election emails.
We also have a range of board vacancy's each year. It would be great if there is an election ballot option to preset the # of candidates that can be selected by voter.
Sometimes we want to send out repeat emails, such as election ballots to a group of individuals. Is it possible to custom a member/contact search only by the name, email address, or other custom field; so that this type of search can be saved for election emails (or other emails)?
Zeenat Iqbal commented
Our organization holds annual board elections, open only to certain membership categories (as many professional organizations do). Currently elections are conducted manually, i.e., pull member list from WA and set up voting profiles at https://heliosvoting.org/. It would make our elections infinitely smoother if WA integrated this type of functionality into the system.