Towns across the U.S. and many international locations have embraced a new, secure and convenient way to vote.
City Council Boards small and large have to vote on everyday issues that each town faces. Using the Meridia e-voting system clickers, they can securely cast their vote and get it on the record immediately.
The TownVOTE software uses a clear and easy-to-understand voting grid format that shows in real time whether each member voted, or it can be set up to show how each member voted after the vote is closed.
City of Wellington, New Zealand
West Hants, Nova Scotia
Butte-Silver Bow, MT
Town of Dewey-Humboldt, AZ
City of St. Petersburg, FL
City of Winter Park, FL
City of Greenville, TX
City of Memphis, TN
City of Medina, TN
City of Cookeville, TN
City of Alliance, NE
Chippewa County, WI
City of La Palma, CA
City of Gillette, WY
Everyone taking part in a council meeting needs to do their part in ensuring that the voting is secure, accountable and accurate.
Our highly-secure system does not have to be connected to the internet to work and can be configured to your needs, thus it cannot be accessed from the outside and can accommodate your specific event. You should know how to make sure that the vote happens in a secure environment.
Visit our Electronic Voting Security page for full details. Here are a few highlights on how to make the meeting and especially the voting as secure as possible.
During the Council Meeting of City of Wellington in New Zealand, the items being voted on come up quick and they need to record the vote just as fast.
Wellington’s Democracy Advisor, Hedi Mueller says: “In the past, it wasn’t clear which clause the councilors were voting on, and it was difficult for the public to see and understand exactly how a member of the council has voted.” Now, the visual record of each vote and related reporting is immediately available to the Town Clerk and if needed, to the public, too.
Sometimes the councilors move multiple amendments so the TownVOTE software operator has to enter everything on the fly and quickly get back to the vote to continue the session. “To be able to prepare the entire agenda ahead of time, but also have the ability to enter any motion or amendment ad-hoc saves us a lot of headaches, and the visual clarity of each vote prevents any confusion and lost time” says Mueller.
Wellington City Council – Council – March 31, 2021
To prevent ‘herd mentality‘, Wellington Council chooses to anonymize the votes during the vote, but shows how each person voted automatically after the vote closes.
The public watching the meeting session on Zoom can instantly see who is voting and what their vote is, since the TownVOTE software seamlessly integrates into their computer and audio-visual system.
Wellington City Council – Extraordinary Council Meeting – June 12, 2021
With the latest update, TownVOTE users can enable “high-contrast” mode so that the display is more accessible to people with color-blindness. The display can also be customized to show bigger visual elements, so that when it’s integrated with the A/V system and/or the Zoom broadcast, public can clearly see what’s being discussed, who voted, and how.
All Meridia wireless audience response clickers have dedicated Yes/No/Abstain buttons and display for enhanced vote confirmation increasing voters’ confidence in the system and clearly confirming their activity.
Choose your clicker based on battery life, size, display or range.
RollCall Pro software and OpenMeeting solutions are easily replaceable with Meridia’s TownVOTE dedicated, secure devices and software.
We will advise on the best transition and use of the new system, provide one-on-one online training and continue to support you and your staff along the way.
Contact us to have a better experience, better support and better meetings.
We designed TownVOTE with you in mind. In fact, many Town Clerks’ thoughts and feedback went into designing it to what it is today.
Two largest government bodies in the U.S. – The House of Representatives and New Hampshire House of Representatives are using the system today.
We always listened to our clients and made sure that their feedback is heard and implemented as soon as possible.