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Q Exchange – how voting will work on the day

Hear from Q Exchange voting partner, Electoral Reform Services, about the voting mechanism for the day, with an introduction from programme lead Zoe Brewster.

As the UK-wide Q community event and the all-important Q Exchange vote draws nearer, I wanted to share how the voting will work and introduce Electoral Reform Services (ERS), who is managing the vote for us.

On 19 September, Q members will come together to build connections, develop and share learning, and help choose the 15 Q Exchange projects that will receive funding from the Health Foundation.

Each shortlisted project will have a stand in a marketplace-style event, where delegates can walk around and engage with the teams to find out more about the ideas, provide insight and give support.

Voting will start at 11:00 and will be open for two hours on a dedicated online platform. Only Q members in attendance will be able to vote using a unique voting code provided at the event. Members taking part will be asked to choose 5 projects in no order of preference. The 15 projects with the most votes will be selected for funding, which will be announced at the end of the day during the closing plenary.

To support us with the voting process, we are working with Electoral Reform Services (ERS) to ensure that the vote runs smoothly, is transparent and independently verified.

Alex Lonie

Head of Membership Organisations Sector 


I head up our dedicated Membership Organisations team, covering professional bodies, trade unions, associations, charities and voluntary organisations. I am delighted to be working with the team at the Health Foundation on the Q Exchange funding programme, providing an online platform for members of the Q community to cast their votes for the projects that will receive funding.

Electoral Reform Services is the UK’s leading independent provider of end-to-end ballot, election and voting services. Each year thousands of organisations trust us to manage their ballot, election, vote, survey or referendum. Some have fewer than a hundred voters; others have more than a million.

We’re experienced in managing elections of all types, from trade union ballots to AGMs, party leadership elections and public votes for broadcasters. As such, we provide a wide range of election services, from design and print, to digital democracy and vote verification. We are also pioneers in online voting, running the UK’s first major ballot with an online voting option back in 2000.

Online voting is enabled using our ERSvotes software. We design, manage and host the online voting website, providing randomly generated codes for secure online voting.

We’re looking forward to the event, where we will be providing support and ensuring everything runs smoothly.

You can find out more about how the vote will work in the Voting Rules and Guidelines.

If you are not able to make the event, the Q team will be sharing content from the day via a live blog and Twitter.

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