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October 31, 2014
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Customer Feature – School Elections

Sometimes a single sentence says it all… especially given that Toronto elected a new mayor this week!

“Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could use your Election Buddy system for our municipal and federal elections? It would be awesome!!!”

Tessa S – Toronto
Thanks Tessa!
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October 29, 2014
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New Feature – Shuffle Order has arrived

As ElectionBuddy users know, we at eventIQ take feedback very seriously because those suggestions have been the driving force that has helped shape ElectionBuddy to become one of the most popular online voting / online election platforms today. We need only to look as far as the popular “Candidate Photo” feature to see how user feedback has made it into the application.
Radomized Ballot

Back in August we asked users what they thought of the new feature, “Shuffle Candidate Order” that we were developing at the time. Sure enough we received tons of great insights that expanded on our original concept.

With Randomized Ballots, once this new feature has been enabled in your online election, each voter will be presented with a ballot that randomizes (shuffles) the order of not only candidates but also of questions. This removes the Ballot Order Effect on voting results: where the first candidate or question is more likely to be selected then the middle – or lower-ordered items.

Visit ElectionBuddy to see an example of this new feature in action.

Best of all, this new feature is FREE with all ElectionBuddy accounts!

Learn more about the fascinating social psychology phenomenon of “Ballot Order Effect” on our previous blog post.

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October 18, 2014
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Extreme Home Makeover – Electionbuddy edition

I used to enjoy watching  show Extreme Home Makeover Home Edition.  And I also really like the makeover we have just released on electionbuddy.com.  We have revamped our home website, with a simplier, cleaner design and tried to showcase what you our millon plus voters and administrators love about electionBuddy.  Feel free to give us feedback on what you think!

To celebrate the new website and also based on your feedback, we have decided to make even more features free.  You can now do printed ballots and custom ballots across all our plans including our FREE plan.  We hope you enjoy.

And also check out our new features:

  • Candidate Shuffle (random presentation) – many of you asked for this, so here you go!
  • Preplanning for new voters mid election – we are laser focused on ensuring that you can offer a democratic anonymous election, but we also know that you want to ensure that new members can join midstream, or sometimes you just don’t have an email address when you are ready to go.  So we added the capability to add keys and convert later, with a full audit trail of the changes.  To try it out – create a test election
  • Sharing voter keys with those stubborn email addresses – sometimes you just need to share a voter key with person who has email address that can’t be reached.  We made it super simple to convert emails to keys, so you can share the key via phone, in person or even deliver it via oxcart so you reach even more voters!
Stay tuned for some other new features coming shortly, and if you have feedback as to what you want to see, let me know, just reply to this post!

 

 

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August 27, 2014
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Customer Feature: Ridgefield High School case study

I chatted today with Scott W  a student government advisor at  Ridgefield High School

And while normally we don’t put testimonials up to protect and ensure the anonymity of our electionbuddy votes, Scott had a pretty interesting story to tell and he was keen to have us share the story about their student government elections..

I had asked him about whether he will be using our new electionbuddy candidate shuffle feature, and he noted that they are considering, but they have (what I thought) was a GREAT tool to encourage student government participation early in the process:

Ridgefield puts candidates on the ballot in the order that they receive the student nomination forms.  It encourages participation, creates a sense of excitement prior to the election, and reduces the last minute panic! Read More…

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August 25, 2014
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Feature Focus: Customize your web link

What is a Form Link?
The Form link is:

* The web address of your form
* The address that you will share with your registrants / ticket purchasers
* You can edit this link at any time – even after you have launched your form.

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August 21, 2014
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New Feature – Shuffle Candidate Order

It’s true, first comes first.

Believe it or not, the order of candidate names on a ballot has an impact on voting results.  “When the candidates are listed first, they have a real advantage.” said Jon Krosnick, co-author of the study and professor of psychology and political science at Ohio State, to the Ohio State Research Communications. “Even in high profile elections such as the presidential race….name order on the ballot can make a big difference.” 

According to Krosnick’s joint study with researchers from Stanford University and the University of Chicago, “[p]ast studies of elections have shown that candidates whose names were listed at the beginning of a list on a ballot often received more votes by virtue of their position.

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August 20, 2014
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The Extraordinary Mystery of the Missing Back-to-School Student Registration Line-up

A student prepares for his September course registration, as always, an hour before the registration begins. But this year his school has decided to dismantle the long lineups and accept registrations online. Where previously there was a lengthy paper document overflowing with course listings, when he arrives online, he’s met with a single entry field – Student ID.

He enters his ID and in seconds the form comes alive and several pieces of his student information filling up the form. He hardly has to do anything as his information is pre-filled: Parent Guardian Contact Information, Course Selections from the previous year, even his Locker Number. He proceeds to update and make changes to some of the seeded selections. Try as he may, others fields are “locked” – like his library fines. Read More…

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August 14, 2014
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Preview the upcoming release of InviteRight v6.0

Coming on nearly 1st anniversary of our monumental release InviteRight v5.0 comes our newest version of InviteRight.
Here are some of the major changes that we’ve made:

1. Simplified Setup stage
You’ll be able to create and launch forms more quickly now that we’ve re-organized the Setup stage and reduced the number of questions you need to answer. We’ve also broken it into two simple sections – your Settings (accepting payment? using tickets?) and Details (When, Where, Title etc). 

We don’t want you to have to scroll through settings and questions that you’re not concerned about. Instead we want you to spend more time where you’re most comfortable – in the “what-you-see-is-what-you-get” Edit stage where you can easily drag and drop items as you please.

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June 23, 2014
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Happy

Congrats to our friends at Salisbury Composite High School and all the happy 2014 Grads!

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June 23, 2014
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2014 Scholarship Winners react to announcement

Megan Funke – Making Grad Great Scholarship
“Winning the “Make Grad Great!” scholarship has truly been an honor. Having my time, effort, and dedication that I put into my graduation acknowledged has been a wonderful opportunity to allow me to continue on my education journey to one day become an engineer. It was gratifying to see the work I did make a difference at my grad and with the school community and I am very thankful for EventIQ for recognizing my achievements.”

Erica Mitchell – Acting Out Scholarship
“I was elated, my first response was to share the blog post with all of the teachers and colleagues that have helped me get to where I am today in regards to theatre. Wining the scholarship is super helpful in paying for university (I knew it would be expensive, just not THIS expensive). Not to mention it is one step forward for mankind in proving that acting out isn’t such a bad thing. I am thankful to all of those who put their time and effort into choosing the winner for this year’s “Acting out Grad Scholarship”.

 Madeline Morris – Sweat Your Way to Grad Scholarship
“Thank you it is an honour to have received this scholarship, I am both amazed and pleased!  In regards to where I’m off to next year, I’ll be attending Queen’s University and have landed myself a spot on the women’s basketball team. I look forward to continuing my educational and athletic journey, thanks to the guidance and support of Mrs. Rice. Thank you again.”

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