Review 2017

The year comes to an end and POLYAS looks back on a successful and exciting 2017. We introduced new features, found new customer groups and offered fully serviced elections. Read more in our year review.

The digital AGM with live voting

German copyright institution GEMA held their first digital AGM this year with the help of POLYAS. The responsible persons combined live voting at the AGM with a priorly held online election. This way members who could not attend can also take part in the AGM and cast their vote. In addition, transferring voting rights became easier digitally. At the AGM, members could use live voting to vote on their different agendas. All they needed was a device connected to the internet.

POLYAS: political parties make use of online voting

2017 was a huge election year and POLYAS was at the center. No less than three German political parties conducted their membership surveys online. The FDP (Free Democrats) regional associations in Schleswig-Holstein and Nordrhein-Westfalen, as well as the Greens in Schleswig-Holstein, let their members vote online on the coalition agreement after the regional elections.

This was a big step for POLYAS – by being able to strengthen democracy within political parties, we able to strengthen Germany.

The online election manager for Worker’s Councils: a full service for election officers and committees

2018 is the year of Worker’s Council elections and POLYAS has a suitable tool ready. The online election manager for Worker’s Council allows election managers to simplify the process.

No additional software is needed, all necessary tools are available on one platform. The election manager simply keeps an eye on important deadlines and takes care of the electoral roll digitally and centrally. Hence the Worker’s Council is less prone to errors which also minimizes the risk of successfully contesting the election.

POLYAS review: important events in 2017

POLYAS has not only developed important features but also introduced online voting on various events and taken part in interesting discussions. In May, we organized a panel discussion about online voting at the biggest digital summit in Europe, Re:publica.

In October, our Head of Research, Tomasz Truderung, took part in the “E-Vote-ID” conference in Switzerland, where he spoke about cast-as-Intended verification. Meanwhile, our Head of Communications, Anna-Maria Palzkill, presented our product at the myGovernment event of KPMG in Berlin.

The review displays that it was an exciting year 2017 for POLYAS. However, we are planning several new features and events, winning over new customers and doing everything we can to advance digital democracy.