Scoring Weights on Member Groups

Sometimes your organization has classes of voters. For instance, stock holders with class A stock have a vote worth one third those with class B stock. Your organization might give student members a half vote and professional members a full vote.

Right out of the box, our online election voting software supports this. By default all member groups you create have a weight of 1.0. In other words, all votes count for 1 vote.

Let’s say you have two classes of voters. One class’ members’ votes count for one half and the other’s count for one vote.

The easiest way to set this up is to define one group for the half-vote voters. The group is created in the same way as any old group.

There is another step however. When you go to the Groups page in the admin area of the online election voting software, you will see a section called “Group Weight Factor”. You can see all the groups you have defined in the pull-down in that section. Select the one for the half-vote. Then put “0.5” into the text box (without the quotes). Click the “Set Weight Factor” and that’s it. The group is set up.

The next thing to do is associate members with that group. The easiest way to do that is to export a csv with just the members who should be put in that group. Then go to the upload page and use the “Add Missing Group Members” option to put them in the group.

Done!

Now, you might wonder about the real-time scores. Yes, they do reflect the weightings.

One thing to note is that a member can only be in one group with a weight that is not 1.0 at a time.

If you have an election where you need members to be in more than one non-1.0-weighted group at a time, please let us know. We would love to hear about your election rules.

Post submitted by Greg.