Our elections eGuide is a useful asset for newly established boards, group membership forums, HOAs, church voting organizers, and other participants involved in elections management to enhance their learning and ensure they have confidence in their ability to deliver an inclusive and accessible voting framework for voters.
Many election officials field queries, questions, and inquiries and need to be fully informed about how voting rules work, the practical elements of combining in-person and e-votes, and how the election systems used will record votes cast with accuracy and traceability.
Our information guide covers everything about the various voting processes (online, mailed, onsite in-person), election administration and who to involve in the process, legalities to consider (elections laws and state regulations like the California Civil Code and organizational bylaws), and the rules for voting by proxy.
The guide also teaches election managers, volunteers, and board members to:
- Ensure everyone is aware of timelines like post-marking, candidate solicitation deadlines, ballot sharing dates, ballot receipt dates, and results sharing
- Align their schedule with organizational bylaw requirements and state or federal legislation
- Schedule announcements to meet registration and voting deadlines
- Keep in mind season and vacation considerations, e.g., during the summer months, people require more time to vote (they may be busy with family priorities)
- Improve election turnout, such as through marketing
- Minimize election costs through budgetary planning
- Be aware of election issues like candidate dropouts and ballot mistakes to make sure they can plan ahead
We encourage all election administrators to absorb as much information and advice about effective election delivery beforehand, establishing the proficiency to respond to voter questions and identify opportunities to streamline efficiencies, election costs, and voter communications.
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