Basic details

Election title

The title of the election, for example "ABC Association General Meeting 2019".

Format

  • Only plain text is allowed. Does not allow any HTML or other kind of formatting.
  • It is a required field, must not be empty and can contain a maximum of 300 characters.
  • UTF-8 characters are allowed, but be aware that some characters might not be supported by the font types where the title appears.
  • The new line character are not supported.

Where it appears

  • The public pages of the election.
  • The initial screen of the voting booth.
  • The election results (available in different formats, like PDF, CSV, etc).

Notes and recomendations

  • Because of its prominence, the election title should be descriptive, but short and to the point.
  • Don't confuse the election title with question title: a single election can contain multiple questions.

Election description

Election description is where you can explain valuable information to voters, the electorate and the public.

Format

  • It is optional, you can leave it blank (although it is not recommended).
  • It can contain up to 3,000 characters.
  • It allows simplified HTML:
    • You can mark as bold something with <strong>something important</strong>
    • You can mark as italic something with <i>something important</i>
    • You can create a link like this one something with <a href="https://nvotes.com">this one</a>. Links will always open in a new tab.
    • You can add paragraphs with two new line HTML elements as in <br><br>. Do not use the <p> element because the whole description is inside a single <p> element.
    • Other HTML elements will be sanitized and are not allowed.

Where it appears

  • It appears in the public page of the election.
  • It appears in the start screen of the voting booth.

Notes and recomendations

  • Links can be helpful to ease access to a webpage with information on candidates, a document, the organization statutes, etc... or a link to a video explaining the voting process (for example, a video recorded with a smarthphone, camtasia, screenr, screencastle, etc… in a test election).
  • If the text is very large, it will appear partially collapsed in the voting booth with a small icon to fully expand the description.
  • It is not advisable to use a very large description, because many voters won't read it.

URL corresponding to a logo that will be displayed in various places to make the election more adapted to the image of your organization.

Plans

This is feature is not available in the Free plan, only available in the Prime and Full Prime plans. Please check our pricing plans for more information.

Format

  • It is an optional field and is empty be default. When left empty, it will be replaced with nVotes logo.
  • The URL must start with https:// and not http:// because otherwise web browsers won't show the image for security reasons.
  • The URL of the logo cannot be longer than 300 characters.
  • An example valid URL could be: https://nvotes.com/wp-content/uploads/nvotes_online_voting_logo_blue_long_for_web.png

Where it appears

  • It appears in the top left corner of public page of the election.
  • It appears in the top left corner of the voting booth.

Notes and recomendations

  • The logo will not be enshrinked, it will be shown at the size you provided.
  • The recommended format of the logo image should be PNG or JPG, but any image format allowed by a web browser will be valid.
  • Because the logo appears in top navegation bar, it is recommended to use a logo with a height of around 30 pixels, which is the default size of the top bar plus 10 pixels of separation from the border. Because this is means a small image, you can remove any border in your logo image to make it appear bigger.
  • The maximum recommended size is 150x150 pixels.

Number of votes per voter

Number of times a voter can vote and change his vote by voting again during the voting period.

Format

  • Allowed values are integer numbers between 0 and 255.
  • 0 (the default) means disabling this limit and means that voter has no specific limit on the number of times he can change his vote.
  • 1 would mean that a voter can only vote once and can't change his vote, 2 would mean that a voter can change his vote but only once and so on.

Notes and recomendations

  • When a voter votes again, the previous cast vote is discarded and only his most recent vote counts. This means that the principle one-voter-one-vote is always preserved.
  • Allowing a voter to change his vote like this is a security feature to mitigate against coercion. By allowing voters to change their votes a voter is coerced to vote in some specific manner, the voter can later on, when he is not coerced, change his vote to reflect his genuine preferences.
  • Even if this limit is disabled by setting the value to zero, the server side of the ballot box implements additional limits on the number of revotes to mitigate Denial of Service (DoS) attacks by voters.