In the following example we will work with CouncilARS™ – Hybrid. If you are using CouncilARS™ Standard (only tuners), you can skip the #hybrid part in each case.

You have already set participants, resolutions and options. Your receiver is connected and if you use #hybrid, you have created and connected your session.

Attendance check #

Your output should then look something like this (if you are not using #hybrid, you are missing the BYOPAD™ button)

The green dot in the bottom left corner indicates that your receiver is connected and ready to receive.

In our example, this is an attendance check. When you start the voting, all names are displayed in grey and the number in front disappears. The participants with handheld transmitters must now press 1 on their devices, the #hybrid participants must press “Present” and then confirm the selection with “SEND”.

At the end of the voting, all present participants are displayed and all participants not present are hidden and can only participate in the meeting at this point if they are “manually” set to present or a new attendance check is carried out.

Roll call vote #

In the case of a roll call vote, the voting behaviour of each individual participant is marked in colour. (Green, Red, Yellow). In addition, the selected vote also appears in front of the name (Y = Yes, N = No, A = Abstention). This serves as a support in case of red-green weakness or colour blindness.

Depending on the setting, participants only have to select the corresponding key on their transmitters.

With the #hybrid solution, the resolution text and options appear on the user’s terminal device. the user must then press the corresponding button and confirm his/her selection with “SEND”.

Press Stop Voting to display the overall result. You can display the party result and optionally log both the party result and the individual vote (See Options).

Optionally, you can now also display the party result here. You will find the corresponding button under the button for starting/stopping the vote.

Non-Roll-Call Votes #

The non-roll call vote is similar to the roll call vote, with two major differences.

  1. No individual voting behaviour can be logged
  2. Although the participants are highlighted in colour, all participants are highlighted in a grey tone and the voting behaviour is not indexed. Thus, the participant only sees that he has voted, but no one knows what he has voted, except the participant himself.

Also in this output you can optionally have the party result displayed and logged (optional).

Secret vote #

In contrast to the non-roll-call vote, you cannot have a parliamentary group result recorded or displayed in the secret ballot. Only the overall result is available here.

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Updated on August 22, 2022