This is how to carry out open voting and receive named results
1. Booking the feature
To activate the "Open voting" feature for your Live Voting, please contact POLYAS Support (firstname.lastname@example.org) and name your election hash. With this feature activated, you can decide in the POLYAS Live Voting Cockpit whether each ballot during your Live Voting should be conducted secretly or openly. The link to the Live Voting Cockpit can be found in the project overview in POLYAS Online Voting Manager.
Caution: Voters should be informed well in advance about whether elections are being conducted openly or secretly. A notice to this effect is displayed during the open voting.
2. The difference between secret and open voting
In contrast to secret ballots, the completed ballot papers are not separated from the voter ID during counting. With open voting, the IDs and the votes cast are a package and are transparent in the results. As the organizer, you can decide in advance which voter attribute to define as the ID. For example, you can also define a membership number as an ID. Most eligible voters are unable to use this number to identify who cast any particular vote, but you, as the organizer, would be able to infer the identity of any specific person from the register of voters.
In contrast, IDs are deleted for the counting of secret votes and only the votes cast are collected into a result. This means that not even POLYAS is able to infer the voting behavior of individuals.
3. Holding an open vote
When you start the voting in the POLYAS Live Voting Cockpit, a confirmation window is displayed. Here you can choose whether the vote conducted is
- open / by roll-call
- or secret
If you choose open voting, your voters will see a notice above their ballot paper, which again informs them that the vote is open and that their vote can be linked to their person.
At the end of each voting, the POLYAS Online Voting Manager provides the results of this vote as a download. The downloaded Excel file with the results not only lists the votes per option, but also the associated IDs.