“35+ Residence Hall Elections Moved Online in a Collaborative Effort to Increase Participation!”
In fall 2011, Miami University held a single election with a total number of 35 ballots. Through a collective effort, they were able to coordinate one system and one place for all residential voting (senators by residence hall) to happen at the same time. Each of their 35 ballots listed candidates for each hall with their respective biographies. Eligibility lists were uploaded for each hall’s ballot to ensure that only students living in each hall could vote for their senator. In a single day of voting, Miami University as able to collect over 1200 votes. While higher voter turnout is expected using an online solution, Miami University leveraged their campus wide elections to draw those 1200 students to their CollegiateLink site to expose them to involvement form across the campus.