As fall town meeting season draws near, we’ve been hard at work providing on-site technical support for voting sessions of all sizes. We had incredible success working with two high profile organizations – the NAACP and Moravian Church Synod, and aim to continue the trend as New England towns get ready to utilize electronic voting in their town meetings to vote on important issues that affect their communities.
As the NAACP’s biggest event of the year and second in-person meeting since 2019, the stakes were high during the organization’s 114th national convention held in Boston. Starting on July 28th and running till August 1st, hundreds of voting delegates convened in Boston to vote on a variety of hot-button topics like LGBTQ+ rights, gun control, environmental protection, police training, and more.
In a world where technology is rapidly shaping various aspects of our lives, it comes as no surprise that even traditional institutions like the Moravian Church are embracing digital innovations. The recent Moravian Church Synod held in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, made waves by adopting an electronic voting system. This move marked a significant step forward, streamlining the voting process and ensuring greater inclusivity and transparency within the congregation.
Whether it be Seventh Day Adventists, the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, or the Snoqualmie Indian tribe, religious and tribal organizations across the country are meeting to elect officials and make important decisions for the future. That’s why religious and tribal groups of all sizes have been making the switch to Meridia’s TownVOTE electronic voting system, which proved to be the perfect alternative to the time-consuming process of counting votes manually.
Since April, over 20 New England towns have conducted their annual meetings with the help of TownVOTE electronic voting software. Once a year (and sometimes more) towns across Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Connecticut come together in a formal setting to discuss, debate, and decide on matters that impact their lives and communities.
Since 2018, we’ve partnered with the House Committee on Natural Resources, who utilizes TownVOTE and clickers to record the votes at their Markup Meetings. After previously using a lengthy voting process that involved individually recording the votes of each house member, the electronic voting allowed the committee to significantly cut down on the time for each vote while instantly confirming their results with visual vote confirmation.
Meetings can take place in a variety of locations, especially after COVID-19 restricted in-person meetings like never before. While we can handle the unconventional voting locations (e.g., airport strips, empty warehouses, and more), we wanted to evolve our electronic voting systems to allow for in-person and remote participants to vote as if they were sitting in the same room.
Managing debates and discussion during your meetings can be a tricky task- especially when multiple speakers are expected to take the microphone to argue for or against certain motions. That’s why we’d like to introduce TownVOTE’s new Pre-Vote screen and Speaker’s Queue. Now, users have the ability to manage speakers, set a timer, and take notes all in one convenient location.
When it comes to group voting in a professional setting, having the proper security measures in place is of utmost importance to ensure a smooth experience and accurate results. It’s unacceptable to have a voting session interrupted, or worse, find out that the results of a vote have been affected by an unknown source in any way.