Election Methods

ElectionChamp supports multiple election methods to cover major organization use cases.

There are many online election applications on the market, and it’s important that they support multiple election methods. This way, an organisation can use the same election tool for different types of elections, such as the Presidential Election, Referendums, Nominations, Board Elections, Amending Motions, Withdrawing a Motion, Student Elections, etc.

As ElectionChamp is one of the most advanced online election platforms, we understand this need very well and support multiple types of election methods. This means that Colleges, Universities, Government Organizations, Sports Organizations, Health Care, Professional Organizations, Publicly Traded Companies, Not For Profit Organizations, and many more can run an election with ONE or more ballots that use different election methods.

Multiple Election Methods in Online Election

Plurality or First Past the Post

Participants can choose one or more choices on the ballot. Using First Past the Post, commonly known as Plurality Voting, you can choose one candidate out of five, or three board members out of seven. Winners will be the candidates who obtain the most votes, and enough will be chosen to fill the seats up for grabs. It is also possible to approve or reject a change to the bylaws.

Preferential Vote or Ranked Ballot

Voters should be able to rank the candidates from 1 (most favoured) to n (least preferred). Each ballot is counted as a vote for the candidate who received the most first-choice votes, and the candidates with the fewest first-choice votes are eliminated from consideration.

Single Transferable Vote (STV)

STV can be used to conduct preferential voting for a position with numerous openings. When there is only one open seat (a basic preferential vote), the votes are counted using a simple majority vote. When there are many seats up for election, a proportional representation method called single transferable vote (STV) is employed. With numerous vacancies, during the tally, surplus votes are “transferred” based on the ranking provided to the candidates at the time of voting.

Approval Voting

Voters have the freedom to select as many candidates or options as they like. Every voter has the freedom to choose any number of candidates they want and to vote for each of them a maximum of once.


Gather suggestions for nominees from eligible voters. There are blank spots enabling voters to write in their own nominations instead of selecting from a list of pre-approved candidates. Nominations for the same candidate that were submitted with different spellings can be merged into a single entry in the results, and all nominations that were submitted are displayed.

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