Election Website Template



You will require a responsive website template to set up an elections website

Are you ready to start building a new election website? To make the site, you have two options when it comes to instructions: an online course and a text-based user guide. We recommend the online course, but the guide is free.

Online Course

The course provides step-by-step instructions using videos, demonstrations, and interactive elements. The cost is $99.00.
Enroll in the online course

Text-based User Guide

If you would prefer to use free instructions, you can build your election website by following along with a text-based user guide. It’s approximately 60 pages and includes screenshots to illustrate important steps in the process. The user guide will get you started creating a website for your election office. In order to receive all the materials to create an election website using the template, you will need to email hello@techandciviclife.org and request all of the election website template files via Google Drive. The files, like the user guide, are free.
View the Website Template User Guide (PDF)

There are three main factors to consider when using this ESR tool. They include

  • Language
  • Managing your website
  • Using your analytics

Language

Publishing election information online is a great step toward better serving your community, but you also need to ensure that you’re communicating clearly and effectively. That means keeping in mind principles of plain language.

Why is plain language important?
  • It reaches everybody. Communicating ideas plainly reaches people with low literacy, people with limited English language comprehension, and anybody who wants to access information quickly and easily.
  • It avoids misunderstandings. Being clear the first time means you won’t have to clarify later.
  • It saves your office time and money. How much time and energy does your staff spend answering questions on the phone or providing information that’s already available elsewhere? Plain language can’t solve this problem entirely, but it helps.
Plain language principles
  • Write in the positive
  • Use the active voice
  • Write directly to the reader
  • Include straightforward, familiar terms
  • Use short words and short sentences
  • List important information separate from paragraph text
For additional plain language tips, check out this helpful Center for Plain Language checklist.