The Diocese of Freiburg had started planning their 2020 online election of parish councils long before the outbreak of the COVID pandemic. However, the initially planned postal voting with 1.6 million eligible voters was cancelled due to the very first lockdown. Martin Müller, pastoral advisor and managing director of the Freiburg Diocesan Council, tells us in a #customerinterview how a remarkable voter turnout was nevertheless achieved in the largest online election to date with POLYAS.Continue reading
Are you planning a meeting that includes voting? In this case, POLYAS Live Voting will be your best choice! You want to make sure that your event runs as smoothly and trouble-free as possible. We give you 5 tips to help you complete your final check-up before the start of the meeting—be it on-site or fully digital.
Anyone can set up an election! We at POLYAS are convinced of that. For a year now, our Help Center has offered an extensive range of instructions for our three products; Online Election, Live Voting and the Nomination Platform. Step by step, they explain the entire setup process with the POLYAS Online Voting Manager. A good six months ago, our Help Center was updated once again with a community area and a new look. In this blog post we explore the new options that the POLYAS Community gives you and your election project.
Today, we are proud to present the launch of the new POLYAS nomination platform. The new platform ensures a significantly improved coordination of the nomination process and supports companies and institutions in the digital nomination of candidates. The nomination platform is a logical addition to the existing POLYAS product range: along with our Online Voting […]
Can you remember what you did exactly 25 years ago this summer? We sure do as we provided our first online election: 30,000 eligible voters raised their voice digitally with POLYAS in Finland in the summer of 1996. Nowadays, we count more than 500 customers and 5 million voters. We are very proud to be a pioneer for digital democracy and online elections. At the same time, we would like to say THANK YOU for supporting us on this journey and trusting in us.
At the latest with the occurrence of corona, the question of IT security in virtual voting has become even more important. We are repeatedly being asked how we protect the data of eligible voters and improve the security of voting. So we put the question to somebody who should know: Our colleague Vasko Hristov has been a member of the POLYAS data protection team for a long time and is an expert on IT security.Continue reading
The blockchain encryption technology provides the trust that people need in the virtual currency Bitcoin. But does using blockchain make sense for e-voting too? POLYAS relies on a similar but more flexible solution: the bulletin board. This post explains the reasons behind this decision.
In recent months, the POLYAS team has worked intensively on developing a new product—the POLYAS Nomination Platform. Just what the platform can do, what is so special about the nomination tool, and other features that are eagerly awaited are revealed to us in an interview with product owner Elisa Utterodt. Continue reading
Postal elections are experiencing a breakthrough. The pandemic means that growing numbers of people are in favor of postal voting. However, there is an alternative: Virtual elections such as digital membership polling in parties. In this blog post, we outline the legal situation with virtual elections and the opportunities that arise for parties. Continue reading
The Covid-19 pandemic is turning the working world upside down. Recent weeks and months have seen radical changes to the way that work is conceived and organized in companies, associations, trade unions and other institutions. What was previously unthinkable is now a part of everyday digital working: Virtual meetings, home office, digital conferences and online polls. In this article, we explore the effects of this radical change, how big the change is, and the opportunities that come with the push for digitalization. Continue reading
For many companies, associations, cooperatives and other institutions, virtual meetings and web conferences are already a part of day-to-day business. And yet right now, when mobility is severely restricted due to the spread of the corona virus, the need for software solutions for daily working and also for democratic polling is on the rise. Find out how meetings with polling can be held online—read this post. Continue reading
The demand for postal voting is growing continuously—not least because of the current lockdown situation. The Federal Returning Officer in Germany is critical of this development and sees compliance with the electoral principles at risk. POLYAS regards the security of remote voting systems, such as postal and online voting, as an essential factor for compliance with voting principles. But how secure are these two remote voting systems? You can find out more in this post. Continue reading