After research, several test ballots and strong positive member feedback, the Impact 100 board decided to use the online voting platform Election Buddy for ballot entry in determining the grant recipients at the 2018 Annual Awards Celebration. (There will be paper ballots available at the Annual Awards Celebration for those who are unable to vote online.)
While the Annual Awards Celebration includes annual meeting business, as chartered in our bylaws, this affordable system will speed up the balloting process within the event, significantly reduce the number of workers needed to tabulate the votes, and reduce the potential for data entry error.
In order to ensure our members are comfortable with this system we will run one more test ballot that will extend from May through mid-July. All members are encouraged to vote in this trial election to confirm that they can correctly submit a ballot. This extended time period allows ample time to receive ballot assistance if questions arise. This ballot will be identical in structure to that of the grant finalist ballot but will ask other questions upon which the Impact 100 board desires input from its members. Please look for an email in May inviting you to vote.
We are excited to roll out this new technology and thank you for your assistance.