A community administrator can create an election for the whole campus to vote in, which can be displayed directly on the landing page of your site. To create one, follow the instructions below.

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Defining the election parameters

After logging in, head to the Admin view using the Switchboard at the top of your screen, and then hover over Elections in the navigation and select Election List. From here, click the Create Election button. Identify the Name of the election, if it should include instructions, and any additional (custom) instructions that should be included.

 

Below that, you can choose if your election should be active and the date range your election should be available. When the election is set to Active and it falls within the date range, users will be allowed to access the ballot. You can also choose to display an alert on the system homepage when the election is active and voting is open by checking the next box. When you're finished with these settings, hit Create.

Setting up the ballots

You can create as many ballots as needed. Each ballot can be accessible to the general user population or any number of eligibility lists. A user will see each ballot they are designated to see. To start creating your ballots, click Create Ballot. Enter the name of your ballot, then determine if the ballot should be general access by selecting Enable or Disable. If you select Disable, you'll be prompted to enter settings for each of the available eligibility lists. You can see what each of the setting options means below. For tips about configuring eligibility lists within your ballot, see this article.

Setting Definition
Allow Users on the list can access the ballot
Deny Users cannot access the ballot, and supersedes being on an allowed list
Ignore List will not be used for the ballot, users cannot access the ballot

 

 

Once you're fine with your eligible users access, click Create to advance to the next page. You'll now be taken to the form builder with a limited selection of question types. Please see Form Building for complete instructions on creating or editing questions. The builder will automatically save your progress as you create questions. At any time, you can revise the title and access of your ballot by clicking Form Properties in the upper right corner.

When you're finished, click Back to Ballots in the upper left corner. Repeat this for any additional ballots you need to create within the same election. Once all your ballots are ready, be sure to set your election to Active to ensure users can vote when the election starts and the prompt to vote will display on your system homepage, if requested.

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