“We have always done it that way”—is a phrase that needs to be changed to: “That’s a much better way of doing that!” Voting the old fashioned way, is just that: old fashioned. Online voting can provide your member association with the ease, convenience, and extra money to move forward at lightening speed.
Since I got involved with online voting—one thing I’ve noticed is the skepticism that a lot of people have toward it. In a blog post by Jamie—‘Trying to Please Everyone,’ she outlines how difficult it can be, but also offers some valuable suggestions. “We have always done it this way,” should be a phrase of the past as time and time again we’ve proven as a society that innovation and new improved methods are the way to keep competitive in the ever changing market.
Associations who have used paper balloting since they began tend to have difficulty shifting to online voting—mostly because of fear of push back from their members. I’ve been asked, ” Should I make them shift to online voting?” Part of me wants to say yes because I sympathize with the notion that online voting is much cheaper and far less time consuming than the traditional paper balloting. But I can also understand how the more traditional members feel the comfort and safety of the old-school way that has “worked” in the past.
My advice to associations who are ready to take the plunge is to talk to your members. What is the feedback you’re receiving? Can you ease into the process by doing a split paper/electronic election the first round? There are a lot of options you can consider, and www.associationvoting.com will be here every step of the way. We’ll walk you through the process, and can even offer to set up your entire election for you. Imagine holding an election that you barely had to do any work for—you might have time to take that vacation you were dreaming about!
The bottom-line is that you’re never going to be able to please everyone. But in reality, sometimes people are just scared of change. You have to do what’s right for your association—making the voting process, simpler, easier, and much cheaper!
Check out www.associationvoting.com and get started for as little as $419!
Post submitted by Nicole