Choice Voting support Documentation

Launching an election

How to set an election live for voters

The final stage in any election setup process is launching your election.

What's the purpose of launching an election?

  1. Launching an election takes it from building only mode into a scheduled mode.

  2. Voters can only vote in a launched election.

  3. Launching an election completes the building process.

How to launch an election

Before launching an election, there are some things to consider and check.

  1. Elections with a position must have at least 2 candidates for each position

  2. Elections must have voters imported

  3. Any voter email notifications should be checked for required customisation

  4. Election start and end dates should be checked

  5. Payment details should be ready

Once you are ready to go, launching an election is a multi step checking process.

This is done by navigating to the "Launch" menu option from within the election you wish to launch.

Launch Steps

  1. Step 1 "details" : Check the dates, and email notifications options are as you require - if not, stop and make any corrections

  2. Step 2 "Resolutions" : Check your resolutions are correct (Applies only to elections with resolutions, otherwise confirm and skip)

  3. Step 3 "Positions" : Check positions are correct, and that candidates are in the correct position

  4. Step 4 "Voters" : Verify the correct number of voters are present

  5. Step 5 " Terms": Read and accept our terms of use

  6. Step 6 "Final Step": At this stage you will be asked for payment information for your election.

Methods of payment

Method

Options

Credit or Debit Card

This is the default option and applies to most users

Invoice payment

We do accept invoice payment options, you would apply for this using our support tickets, and acceptance is subject to checks.

Card payments are processed using "Stripe", we do not store payment details.

Stages of elections

An election has three stages.

Stage

Definition

Voting enabled?

Launching required?

Building

Your election is not yet ready for voters to participate, you are still creating your election

No

No

Scheduled

You have completed your election setup, and have launched the election, however you have not yet met the defined point in time for your election to be live

No

Yes

Live

You have completed your election setup, and have launched the election, and your specified start time has been met, your election is live and open for votes.

Yes

Yes

Important note:

If an election is launched, and the intended start date/time has passed, the election will become live within one minute of launching, you will skip the schedule stage because the start date/time has already happened.