POLYAS Election Glossary

We provide explanations and background information on elections, voting rights and digital democracy

Online Poll

An online poll allows institutions and organizations to speed up their democratic decision-making processes.

The difference to traditional polling by post or in person is that a digital poll can be set up quickly and easily online which saves time, money and paper. Using an online poll allows for fast access to results and voters can cast their vote comfortably from anywhere in the world.

The online polling process

The process is similar to conducting traditional polls. Voters are asked to approve or reject proposals/motions brought forward by the organization. Voters can usually abstain as well. A certain number of voters have to support the proposal for it to be approved. This means either by a simple majority (more than half of the total vote) or by a relative majority (by winning the most number of votes - not necessarily more than half).

See also: Poll, Online voting, Majority Vote

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