2.5.1 What is it for?

The voting module allows users to vote for citizen proposals or specific questions that the institution wants to raise.

In each vote we can include as many closed-answer questions as we see fit.

2.5.2 Permissions and Tips


  • Given the ease of configuration of the "Voting" module, it can be set up rapidly and be used for many different purposes, ranging from more 'provocative' questions associated with referenda, to more everyday issues (such as the type of light bulbs that the City Council should acquire) or to organize contests to be resolved by popular vote.

  • Make it clear from the beginning whether or not the vote is binding to avoid misunderstandings.

  • Keep in mind that this module is designed to carry out voting, not to carry out surveys. Since it only includes closed answers, the results are shown aggregated.

2.5.3 How do I configure it?

The "Voting" is created and configured from its own space within the administrator interface:

Administration> Voting

We can create a vote from this section by clicking the "Create poll" button on the top right.

The first thing we have to configure is the basic information of our vote. "Name", "Summary" and "Description" will be the public information presented on the voting page (each voting has its own web page; all of them are listed in the voting section of the platform). Online voting will be possible between the "Start Date" and the "End Date". You can upload an "Image", which will be displayed in the voting list. The "restricted by geozone" checkbox allows you to restrict the users who can vote to a specific area. We can also align our voting with the 2030 UN SDG Agenda.

Once a vote has been defined, it is presented with tabs to the subsections 'questions', 'booths', 'officers', 'recounts' and 'results' (the last two once the vote has started).

The "Create question" button allows you to create a new question. In the first form, only the question itself is needed. Once created, we will see an "Edit answers" button next to the question. In the following form, you can add the possible answers with the "Add answer" button. Each response can include a description, images, documents, and videos. All this information will accompany the answers and be displayed on the voting page. To upload material, click on the "Image List", "Document List" or "Video List" links to the right of each created answer.

(If you want to enable voting booths in addition to digital voting, this can be configured through the "Voting booths" section, which we will explain later.)

In the 'recounts' and 'results' section, you can find links to see the (provisional) results of the votes for each question. Keep in mind that the 'recount' section differentiates between two types of recounts: recounts (carried out by voting officers) and votes (automatically recorded by the platform). This comparison helps verify whether the process was successful. Once the voting is completed, there are two boxes in the results section to make public the results and the statistics of the voting. Those results will be displayed on the public voting page.



“How do you want the new lighting of the Old Town to be?” - Arcos de la Frontera

The Town of Arcos de la Frontera inaugurated its CONSUL DEMOCRACY platform by voting on the type of light bulbs that illuminate its historic centre, an issue of singular importance in the historic Andalusian town.

“Concurso de repostería” Palma de Mallorca

The City Council of Palma de Mallorca organizes through CONSUL DEMOCRACY a contest to choose the most representative cake for its festivities. To do this, it opened a vote for citizens to choose between the different proposals made by the city's pastry shops.

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