Take a tour through easyvote's highlights

Voting in an easyvote poll requires voters to do no more than tap/click a coloured rectangle to vote. They don't need to log in, just provide a name for themselves and the name of the poll they want to vote in. More...

Creating polls in easyvote is equally simple. Just log in, make up a name for your poll and specify how many answers/options your voters can choose from. That's it! More...

Viewing the results of your poll is one of the things that marks easyvote apart from other voting apps. The results display as a bar chart, with numbers and percentages. You can also see who voted for which answer. While this can be viewed full screen, the display is deliberately clean and simple so that it can be viewed as part of a regular PowerPoint, Keynote or Prezi presentation. More...

Voting is designed to be as quick and easy as possible.

The voter needs to type only a minimum of text and voting is done simply by tapping or clicking a coloured area of their screen.

The system works equally well regardless of screen size or bandwidth, from fully-networked PCs to mobile phones. No specialist IT equipment is required, just what you or your voters already have access to.

Voting is completely free and no personal information is collected from voters.

To take part, a voter just needs to be directed to easyvote.uk/vote and be given the name of the poll they are voting in.

Watch the following short video to see the voter's experience of easyvote:

To create a poll, you just need to log in, then choose a name for your poll and decide how many answers your question(s) will have.

When choosing a name, try to pick something unique to you, but also something that is easy for your voters to type quickly and without errors (especially if they are using small hand-held devices).

To run the poll, just direct your voters to easyvote.uk/vote and tell them the name you chose for the poll.

If it's just a "yes/no" simple-style poll it may be self-explanatory, but if not you may want to put the question(s) and answers(s) on a presentation slide (e.g. PowerPoint). See below.

The polling page shows you how many voters have joined your poll, how many have voted for each answer (by number and percentage) and the names of the individual voters under each answer.

There are simple one-click options to refresh the results, reset all of the votes, remove individual voters (e.g. because they have chosen an offensive "name" for themselves) or even to remove all of the voters.

You can also change the poll's settings while it is running: you can change the poll's name (if, for instance, the name has been used before and you have unknown "ghost" voters joining in!) and you can change the number of answers, which is very useful if you have a sequence of questions all with different numbers of answers.

Watch the following video for a demonstration of all of the above.

The next section, below, also demonstrates how to use the poll as part of a presentation to an audience (from business conferences to the school classroom).

One of the unique features of easyvote as a polling solution is that it is designed to work with you, rather than forcing you to work with it. As most 'presenters' (from business to the classroom) are most familiar with presentation software such as PowerPoint, Keynote, Prezi or Impress, it is designed to run alongside those.

There are three basic ways to view the results of an easyvote poll, all of them designed to integrate seamlessly with what you do already:

As a full-screen webpage

Direct your browser to easyvote.uk/poll, log in and bring up your poll. Talk your audience through the coloured responses verbally. This is best for questions with simple answers, e.g. "green for yes, red for no, orange for maybe", "top bar is 1, second is 2, etc".

Float a compact browser window on top of your presentation window

Your web browser is the best tool you have for viewing web pages, but it doesn't usually have a "stay on top" option to keep it visible during your PowerPoint/Keynote/Prezi/Impress/etc presentation. This can be fixed quickly and easily, however, by running a free utility such as AlwaysOnTop (Windows) or Afloat (Mac) as you give your presentation. Full details of how to do this are on the easyvote support page. Just remember to launch the polling page using the "compact mode" link on the easyvote homepage.

Embed the live easyvote webpage directly into your presentation slide(s)

This should be the obvious and simplest solution, but surprisingly none of the leading presentation software natively support this option. Keynote did until version 8 (but then the option was removed?!), so if you are using that you're in luck. Prezi and Impress have no support at all. Which leaves PowerPoint, for which there is a workaround:

Install the free LiveWeb add-in to your PowerPoint software, as described on the easyvote support page. Then write your PowerPoint slide as normal, with a question and the possible answers. Insert the easyvote polling results web page alongside the answers as you would an image. The whole process takes only moments.

The following short video demonstrates the use of easyvote with PowerPoint and LiveWeb:

Please see the support page for technical details and an example PowerPoint presentation to download.

Note: LiveWeb seems to work perfectly on some setups, but be temperamental on others. In particular, it sometimes forgets that you are logged in mid-show if LiveWeb is embedded on more than one slide, requiring you to re-enter your easyvote password during your presentation. If this is an issue for you, you may prefer to work with one of the options, above.