USA branch is completing its 7th year of using electronic balloting for Branch elections and approvals of changes to the Constitution and By – Laws.
The process is well accepted by the membership and is saving substantial amounts over sending ballots out by regular mail. The calculated savings to the branch this year is just over $450 when compared to mailing the ballot and sending two reminder post card.
Our current cost for a secure ballot electronic election is $80, with about 5 hours of staff time that includes sending out at least two email reminders during the balloting time period. Our current election closed on February 20. We have been a bit disappointed that we did not see a larger increase in responses, but there was a slight uptick over mailings, with responses running at just under 50% returns on our highest response.