Online election of the Director of FRSC RAS

89% turnout and several days saved on processing results.
The Federal Research Sociological Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences (FRSC RAS) was established on the basis of the leading sociological institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The center conducts fundamental and applied research covering the majority of the most important areas of Russian society.

Elena Grigorieva
Head of Information Technologies Department, FRSC RAS
"We explored the market for online secret voting systems and chose Polys for its functionality, reliability and ease of use."

Difficulties in holding traditional elections at all the center's branches

The center includes five scientific institutes located in Moscow and St. Petersburg, as well as branches in Nizhny Novgorod, Ufa, Tyumen, Rostov-on-Don and Simferopol, which is why it tries to ensure all its events can be conducted with remote participation.

This included the election of the FRSC RAS director. Conducting a full in-person vote was deemed unworkable as it would have meant organizing local election commissions, preparing ballots and sending them to polling stations in other cities. All that would have been further complicated by the restrictions imposed due to the pandemic, the large number of participants (more than 650 employees) and the summer vacation period.

Online election of the FRSC RAS director using the Polys platform

Since the Polys system is easy to use and allows for secret voting where votes are completely anonymous and cannot be linked to individuals, it was ideal for the purposes of FCTIS RAS.

Voting – both in-person and online – lasted one day. Taking into consideration the epidemiological situation, traditional paper-based voting was carried out according to a schedule and lasted five hours. Online voting took the same amount of time. A total of 430 employees registered to vote online, with more than 20% voting in the first five minutes.

Several days of work saved

Turnout was an impressive 89% and several days of work were saved on processing the results.

If traditional voting had been conducted in all the cities where FCTAS RAS has branches, it would have been necessary to wait until all the completed ballots had been received, and only then would the election result have been announced. Voting on Polys meant the results were available immediately after voting ended.