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How do I set up a public vote?

Zealous allows you to open any opportunity to a public vote.

The following needs to be considered when setting up for a public vote.

  • At least one of your round results, or your submissions, need to be made public. This will allow external users to view the results so they can vote on them
  • Public voting is not restricted to start and end dates - this is to allow them to run in parallel to other selection processes. However, you can control access to public voting by making only certain rounds results public.
  • You can manually switch voting on and off at any time.
  • Public votes are counted across the entire opportunity - so should you open to a public vote, close it, and open it again. Previous votes would still show, with new votes being added to them.
  • If you choose to judge submissions anonymously and open a public vote. The public will vote on anonymous submissions. 
When user vote for an entry, they can either log in or send a validation code to their email to confirm their vote. This ensures safe voting, and also give us the opportunity to market signing up to your newsletter (switched off by default - GDPR compliant).

To set up public voting

  • Log in
  • Go to your opportunity dashboard
  • Click on Schedule & Rounds on the bottom left menu. 
  • On the very bottom of the page, switch Public Vote to On. Users will be able to start voting immediately if any round is already published - if no round is published yet, they will be able to start voting as soon as the round is published.
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You will then be able to view the total amount of public votes on your dashboard, as well as order submissions from most votes to least votes.

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