Higher School of Economics
The Higher School of Economics is a leader in Russian education and one of the preeminent economics and social sciences universities in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. The HSE has 4 campuses, 7,000 teachers and researchers, and over 30,000 students.
HSE student council holds annual elections to student councils at the Moscow and St. Petersburg campuses. At the Moscow campus alone there are about 40 elections, each of which requires huge financial resources.
Elections to the Council of the Association of Foreign Students
There were 2 districts: students from the CIS and Baltic countries and students from other countries. In the first district, there were 13 candidates, in the second — 4.
- It usually involves manually making ballot papers (approximately 40 documents) and sending them to the printer’s, collecting several thousand copies and distributing them around the university building.
- Then it is necessary to find people who are willing to be on the site for two days and take responsibility for the voting process.
- At the end of the voting process, it is necessary to deliver all the ballots to the student council office and count them manually.
The whole process usually took several weeks...
Cumulative online voting with Polys
Organizing an election via the Polys application took less than an hour.
Instead of the time-consuming paperwork that usually accompanied election preparations, HSE could spend more time distributing election information among students.
Main advantages that Polys guarantees:
- 120 hours saved
- 3 elections held
- 3k people voted
"We held three votes with Polys: elections to the Council of the Foreign Student Association in two districts, and the election of an ombudsman, which only became possible thanks to Polys and the opportunity to organize an immediate vote.
We saved a huge amount of time — days, even weeks — as well as resources, both human and material. Now, all we need to do is collect data about the candidates, create a vote in the Polys Organizer panel and then we can concentrate on informing the students about the elections instead of dealing with all that paperwork. I hope the availability of online voting will help our students to focus more on their representative authorities and make more informed decisions."