About ElectionBuddy

ElectionBuddy is online voting software designed to accurately and securely manage elections for homeowners’ associations (HOAs), nonprofit organizations, K-12 schools, colleges and universities, government or political parties, unions, and more.

ElectionBuddy provides many voting options including voters’ cell phones, tablets, and computers, or via mailed printed ballots. The software supports a range of voting systems including first past the post (FPTP), cumulative voting, single transferable vote (STV), preferential ballot, scored voting, referendums, rating scale or approval voting. Ballots can be customized for candidate elections, board positions, budget approvals, motions, bylaw amendments, contract ratifications, member polls, and more.

With ElectionBuddy, users can reach out to voters with personalized announcements by mail, email, text, e-newsletter, or through their website. Voter information can be pulled from multiple systems, including Gmail, MailChimp, Campaign Monitor, CRM systems, and Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. ElectionBuddy automatically notifies users of any emails which have bounced, allowing them to update voter lists, and users can also view who has or has not voted, with the ability to schedule texts messages or emails to boost voter turnout.

ElectionBuddy is a secure platform as personal voting keys are created and used only once. Voters are required to confirm their identity by phone or using a secondary password. All voting choices are confidential and not linked to the voter. Results can also be hidden until the end of the election for anonymity. Election results are visualized in pie charts, summaries and bar graphs, and after elections users can analyze voter lists and conduct voter audits.


Key benefits of ElectionBuddy

ElectionBuddy improves voter turnout with the ability to send out personalized notice to voters via email, SMS, e-newsletter and other systems, and identify and remind non-voters before the voting period is complete.

Single-use personal voting keys and phone or password-based identity verification are designed to ensure voting integrity.

Multiple voting systems are supported, including first past the post (FPTP), single transferable vote (STV), preferential ballot, cumulative voting, scored voting, referendums, rating scales, or approval voting.

Ballots are customizable for unique positions, questions and voting systems and support multiple vacancies, randomization of candidates or choices, amendment highlighting, documents or website link attachments, and more.

All election content can be presented in multiple languages to voters, including candidate descriptions, identity verifications, buttons, and notice text.


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ElectionBuddy Software - Easily create elections for remote voting or in person / hybrid events.
ElectionBuddy Software - Set up a vote in three easy steps. Start with the dates, times and voting details. Run as many tests as you need.
ElectionBuddy Software - Easily select question types including candidates, polls, surveys, or nominations.
ElectionBuddy Software - Simply customize each ballot or motion for your meeting.
ElectionBuddy Software - Improve voter engagement by sending personalized notices.
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ElectionBuddy Software - Easily create elections for remote voting or in person / hybrid events.
ElectionBuddy Software - Set up a vote in three easy steps. Start with the dates, times and voting details. Run as many tests as you need.
ElectionBuddy Software - Easily select question types including candidates, polls, surveys, or nominations.
ElectionBuddy Software - Simply customize each ballot or motion for your meeting.
ElectionBuddy Software - Improve voter engagement by sending personalized notices.

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Overall rating

4,9 /5
(59)
Value for Money
4,8/5
Features
4,8/5
Ease of Use
4,6/5
Customer Support
4,8/5

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Karen
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  • Industry: Nonprofit Organization Management
  • Company size: 201–500 Employees
  • Used Monthly for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

High Quality Customer Services

Reviewed on 2024/02/16

My experience for the last couple of weeks with [sensitive content hidden] has been wonderful. When...

My experience for the last couple of weeks with [sensitive content hidden] has been wonderful. When she didn't have an answer right away, she kept me informed on what she was doing to get me an answer. Also, after she didn't hear from me, she followed up with me to make sure my problem was resolved. Today, she spent a couple of hours with me trying various things to resolve my problem. She was very friendly and patient and best of all, she fixed my problem!! Thanks [sensitive content hidden], you are great representative of your company!!!

Pros

The cost of ElectionBuddy is what initially attracted me to the product. However, each time I have reached out to the customer support team, I have had excellent service. I have received rapid and effective responses.

Cons

Initially, I was not pleased with the idea of not being able to contact a support representative via telephone. However, I have found that the chat team is very quick to respond and is very knowledgeable.

Response from ElectionBuddy

Hi Karen,

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review, we truly appreciate it! We're thrilled to hear that you found ElectionBuddy to be cost-effective and received exceptional customer support.

We're glad that our chat team has been able to provide you with quick and knowledgeable assistance. Your kind words about our support team are greatly appreciated, and we'll be sure to pass them along.

Thank you for choosing us, and we look forward to your next vote with ElectionBuddy!

Juan
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  • Industry: Civic & Social Organization
  • Company size: 51–200 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 1-5 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Vey Easy To Use

Reviewed on 2023/10/23

As I said, ElectionBuddy's platform is a perfect fit for our organization and anyone can use it...

As I said, ElectionBuddy's platform is a perfect fit for our organization and anyone can use it effectively. It is super easy to navigate and configure.

Pros

ElectionBuddy is a very easy platform to use. Most of what we needed was already there and we did not need to modify much of anything. Al we had to do was to select the features that fitted our needs. I was also able to very quickly show my assistant administrators how to use it in case was not available.

Cons

The only thing I did not care for was the lack of immediate customer service support. Although they were very helpful when they responded, there can be an up to 2-hour response delay. To their defense, their online support tips were also very helpful.

Alternatives Considered

SurveyMonkey

Reasons for Choosing ElectionBuddy

I just found that ElectionBuddy fit our needs better, was reasonably priced and was easier to use.

Switched From

SurveyMonkey

Reasons for Switching to ElectionBuddy

Again, ease of use, price and fit to our needs

Response from ElectionBuddy

Hi Juan,

Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a review, it is greatly appreciated!

We are always happy to hear the application was easy to use and had all the features you needed to hold a successful vote, at a reasonable price.

ElectionBuddys Success team always aims to have fast responses both by email and chat, within a few minutes during our support hours, so I am sorry to hear you experienced a delay during this busier time of the year for us.

Thank you again for the review, and we look forward to your next vote with ElectionBuddy!

Nathan
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  • Industry: Education Management
  • Company size: 51–200 Employees
  • Used Monthly for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 6.0 /10

Mixed experience

Reviewed on 2022/06/03

we wont be back for some time to run our AGM or monthly meetings with this platform. Maybe return...

we wont be back for some time to run our AGM or monthly meetings with this platform. Maybe return to utilize voting function for elections

Pros

its not expensive
it is wide in its offerings

Cons

Its not dynamic as other platforms
its hard to set up and it wasn't very easy to use

Response from ElectionBuddy

Hi Nathan,

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review!

We appreciate your feedback regarding the setup for your meeting. We understand there can sometimes be a learning curve, so to assist, ElectionBuddy offers unlimited free test votes that allow our self-service customers to try all the features. That way, they can experience the MeetingVote platform and setup firsthand. We have supported our customers through the tens of thousands of election votes and meeting votes, and the most successful self-service votes are the ones that test as much as possible in order to minimize issues on the day of their vote. And for those that can't afford mistakes or require a 3rd party professional to run the vote, we offer ElectionBuddy Services.

ElectionBuddy aims to ensure our pricing and features meet the needs of many organizations, so we're glad that you found the pricing structure to be cost-effective.

Thank you again for the review, and feedback!

Michael
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  • Industry: Construction
  • Company size: 11–50 Employees
  • Used Monthly for 1-5 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

First time user, but not the last!

Reviewed on 2023/12/23

Pros

We used ElectionBuddy to elect a new HOA board. ElectionBuddy was confidential, easy to use, and very simple. Even the elderly lacking technology experience commented on how simple the voting process was. I didn't have a single request from the HOA community asking for help or explanation on how to complete the voting process.

The support I received from ElectionBuddy was exceptional. This was my first time using this type of system for elections and I had a few questions during the setup process. The support staff responded promptly and followed up to be sure I didn't need further explanation and help. I was honestly amazed at how simple the voting process was, and the HOA community was very pleased with the voting process as well. The cost was fair and affordable. We will definitely use ElectionBuddy again.

Cons

This was my first time using an online election process, and my technology skills are not strong. I had to ask the support staff a few questions to clarify how to do the setup. They answered questions with patience and also referred me to their online instructional videos. If I had followed the instructions carefully and watched some of the setup videos ahead of time, the process would have been simpler. I fault myself more than ElectionBuddy for not understanding some small items.

Response from ElectionBuddy

Hi Michael,

Thank you for your positive review! We're delighted to hear that ElectionBuddy made your HOA board election smooth and user-friendly. We appreciate your feedback on our prompt and supportive customer service. We understand that navigating a new online election process can be challenging, especially for those with limited technology skills. Your feedback is valuable, and we're glad to have assisted you in overcoming any challenges you faced.

Thank you again for the review, we look forward to your next vote with ElectionBuddy!

Karen
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  • Industry: Nonprofit Organization Management
  • Company size: 11–50 Employees
  • Used Monthly for 1-5 months
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Thank Goodness for ElectionBuddy

Reviewed on 2023/06/11

Usually, we vote once a year when we come together for a conference. We ElectionBuddy we can easily...

Usually, we vote once a year when we come together for a conference. We ElectionBuddy we can easily organize votes on resolutions and items that impact the organize on a more frequent basis. We are excited about the possibility of engaging our members on a more frequent basis!

Pros

I really enjoyed the ease and affordability of setting up our elections. Anytime I had questions, I could chat with someone. They also helped me strategize how to deal with a hybrid election. We had some people who preferred to vote by paper and it was very easy to add their votes to the system so that it was all in one place. Getting the results was easy and clear! We could close the vote and announce results as soon as it was closed which was nice since it allowed us to give voters more time to submit their ballots.

Cons

The one thing that was a little confusing came when testing. The way the progress bar displays, it looks like you have to pay before being able to send out the test votes to 5 people. This is actually greyed out but it still looks like it's the next step. It would just be helpful if this was a little more clear. Everything else was quite easy.

Alternatives Considered

Simply Voting

Reasons for Switching to ElectionBuddy

ElectionBuddy was much more afforadable especially for the number of voters we have.

Response from ElectionBuddy

Hi Karen,

We are thrilled that you found the product to be easy to use, at a cost-effective price point, as we aim to balance the two!

Yes, with Paper Ballots, it allows for a seamless Hybrid election to accommodate those members who prefer to vote by paper while allowing you to enter them into ElectionBuddy so the results are together, and all-inclusive!

Thank you for the feedback about the progress bar. You are correct, Test votes are free which is why it is greyed out, but I can see how that can cause potential confusion in the process, we will let the Product Team know.

Happy to hear you will be engaging your member regularly, and we look forward to your next vote with ElectionBuddy!

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ElectionBuddy FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for ElectionBuddy.

ElectionBuddy offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$29,00/one-time
  • Pricing model: Free Version
  • Free Trial: Available

Free for up to 20 voters. Plus - up to 350 voters; $29. Premium - up to 1000 voters; $99. Professional - up to 2500 voters; $299.

ElectionBuddy has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2–10, 11–50, 51–200, 201–500, 501–1 000, 1 001–5 000

ElectionBuddy supports the following languages:

Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian

ElectionBuddy supports the following devices:

Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

ElectionBuddy integrates with the following applications:

Campaign Monitor by Marigold, Gmail, Mailchimp, Microsoft Excel

ElectionBuddy offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Chat

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