Every five years, various 7th Day Adventist conferences meet to discuss and deliberate issues, bylaw changes, and more. Traditionally, all voting during these events was handled by pen-and-paper ballots and manual vote-counting. While this process allowed the conferences to conduct a secret ballot, the process was often stressful, tedious, and time-consuming.
Meridia was called on by the NAACP to provide an electronic voting system for 3,500 delegates at their July 14-20th 2022 Annual Convention in Atlantic City, NJ. This year, in their first in-person meeting since 2019, for the first time in their 113-year history, NAACP chose to move away from voice and paper voting.
The Churches of God Eastern Regional Conference had used paper ballots for many years before switching to Meridia’s TownVOTE electronic voting system in April 2022. During this meeting, the conference used electronic voting for the first time to vote on new council members, as well as a large vote for a delegation of people they plan to send to their national conference.
The democratic process can be found in organizations large and small, and nowhere is this more true than the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, where the organization conducted two types of votes to elect their president and select grant funding with the help of TownVOTE electronic voting software and keypads.
Yale University’s CELI summit started working with Meridia in 2020 when they purchased 300 keypads for use in their quarterly meetings. Since then, we’ve created custom-filtered Powerpoint slides that audience members can interact and vote on, as well as elegant, custom Yale-themed membrane for the keypads.