About Voter Registration

What is it?
Voter registration allows you to restrict polls to authorized voters, and ensure that they only vote once.

How do I use it?
Enter up to email addresses in the box on the form. Each email must be on a separate line, in the form name@domain.org (there can be a comma afterward). The email addresses will only be used to send a confirmation of each vote. You will need to announce the poll on your own, but DemoChoice will generate a form letter that you can send via email. You can use either email- or key-based authentication.

How does email authentication work?
Voters are required to enter their email addresses in order to cast a vote. If a voter is authorized and has not voted yet, the vote will be counted, and an email confirmation is sent. You should make sure that each email address corresponds to a unique, real voter.

How does this prevent fraud?
It prevents multiple votes from the same person, and detects and traces imposters so that damage can be corrected. This will be sufficient if there is sufficient trust within your group. If you have many voters who you don't know, you may want to consider key-based authentication.

How does key-based authentication work?
To announce the poll, you perform an email merge that sends each voter a special link with a unique alphanumeric key that identifies their vote. DemoChoice provides the necessary files for this. These are designed for use with Microsoft Word and Outlook Express, but it can be rearranged for use with other packages. Using this approach requires following a multistep procedure and possible troubleshooting if your computer is configured differently from those tested. Please contact us if you've created a new or modified procedure so we can make it available to other users.

What happens when my poll expires?
No new votes will be accepted as of the beginning of the day of expiration, according to the server's clock, which currently reads :. After that, anyone may cast a vote to see who it counts for, but the vote will not be added to the tally. The poll will be subject to deletion two weeks after the expiration date.

What will you do with my voters' email addresses?
Voter addresses are used only to confirm votes. Your address information will be used only with regard to your poll.

What if I have a mix of paper ballots and online votes?
Convenient bulk entry of paper ballots can be arranged; just ask.