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Weekend Reading from Votenet: May 29, 2015

by Jenn Barton, Marketing Director on May 29, 2015

Every Friday, we share the posts that captured our attention during the week. Today’s posts cover office email etiquette, board meeting agendas, organizational change, nonprofit jobs of the future, strategic planning, and mentoring. We hope you find them helpful, interesting, or thought-provoking.

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Topics: Weekend Reading

Tap into FOMO and Other Psychological Tactics to Increase Voter Turnout

by Megan Henkels, Director of Client Services on May 28, 2015

One of my search terms in Google Alerts is “voter turnout” so I see lots of newspaper editorials lamenting low voter turnout, including this one from The Herald-Dispatch in Huntington, West Virginia.

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Topics: voter turnout, Voter Behavior, voting behavior, Science of Voting, Increasing Voter Turnout

A Fond Farewell to Past Leaders, Then What?

by Shelja Purohit, VP Customer Relations on May 26, 2015

Last week, we said farewell to David Letterman. He told CBS correspondent Jane Pauley that he wouldn’t return to the Ed Sullivan Theater again. “I just don’t want to come back and see other people living our lives.”

After years of climbing up the leadership ladder, some of your association’s past presidents (or past board chairs) might feel the same way. They just want to gracefully leave the spotlight and claim their lives back.

But not all of them. Some past leaders want to stay involved. They don’t want to be seen as “somebody who used to be important,” but to continue to contribute and make a difference.

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Topics: Associations, leadership, governance

Weekend Reading from Votenet: May 22, 2015

by Jenn Barton, Marketing Director on May 22, 2015

Every Friday, we share the posts that captured our attention during the week. Today’s posts cover member networking, organizational culture, leadership development, boards, strategic planning, email inboxes, and cool tools. We hope you find them helpful, interesting, or thought-provoking.

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Topics: Weekend Reading

How to Prevent Election Fiascoes (part 4)

by Shelja Purohit, VP Customer Relations on May 21, 2015

At last, the final fiasco chapter! In part 1, part 2, and part 3 of this series, I described all kinds of potential election fiascoes. Take a few minutes to review those posts so you’re not caught unawares by one of these easily preventable mistakes. But, I’m not quite done yet. Here are several more election fiascoes you can avoid with some proactive preparation.

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Topics: Voting Tips and Best Practices, election challenges, election rules

How to Prevent Election Fiascoes (part 3)

by Shelja Purohit, VP Customer Relations on May 19, 2015

A lot of things can go wrong when baking a cake from scratch. Your cake may never rise. Or, it rises but then falls in the middle. Or it crumbles apart when you cut a piece. A little mistake in recipe ingredients can result in a baking disaster.

A little mistake in voter data can result in an election disaster.

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Topics: Voting Tips and Best Practices, election challenges

Weekend Reading from Votenet: May 15, 2015

by Jenn Barton, Marketing Director on May 15, 2015

Every Friday, we share the posts that captured our attention during the week. Today’s posts cover voting, introverts in the boardroom, strategic planning, leadership, and professional development. We hope you find them helpful, interesting, or thought-provoking.

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Topics: Weekend Reading

How to Prevent Election Fiascoes (part 2)

by Shelja Purohit, VP Customer Relations on May 14, 2015

We live in a litigious society. And leadership elections can stir up the best and worst in people, especially if they feel wronged. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read headlines about students threatening lawsuits because of mistakes made in university student government elections.

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Topics: Voting Best Practices, election challenges, election rules, bylaws

How to Prevent Election Fiascoes (part 1)

by Shelja Purohit, VP Customer Relations on May 12, 2015

My Google Alerts are set up for all kinds of election- and voting-related terms. The saddest headlines I see are about election fiascoes—stories about well-meaning election administrators who make mistakes that cause controversy and, sometimes, lawsuits. And the thing is: all these fiascoes could have been avoided.

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Topics: campaigns, election challenges, election rules, bylaws

Weekend Reading from Votenet: May 8, 2015

by Jenn Barton, Marketing Director on May 8, 2015

Every Friday, we share the posts that captured our attention during the week. Today’s posts cover elections, executive buy-in for new ideas, nimble boards, data management, volunteers, leadership, and professional development. We hope you find them helpful, interesting, or thought-provoking.

You know what Election Day is missing? Cake and pie. And cookies. Cupcakes too. Lucky you if you live in Rhode Island. “This week, Rhode Island lawmakers enacted a bill that would permit community groups like parent-teacher organizations to hold bake sales outside polling places on Election Day.” (Doug Chapin, Election Academy)

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Topics: Weekend Reading

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