Now that you’ve left the winter doldrums behind, sunshine isn’t the only thing you have to look forward to. After all, the arrival of spring brings with it much excitement for high schoolers (and faculty) across America. Why? Prom season is upon us.
There’s a reason why there’s so much buzz about Prom – it’s not only a one-day affair but weeks, even months, in the making. In addition to voting on a dance theme, you get to witness elaborate promposals, choose dress and tux rentals, and of course, vote in the prom king and queen election.
Anyone who works in a high school, or attends one, knows the time and effort students dedicate to annual elections. Which is why the process must be as straightforward and simple as possible.
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How a Prom King and Queen Election Works
Typically, only juniors and seniors are permitted to participate in a prom court election. Candidates are usually self-nominated or nominated by their classmates. In order to be nominated however, candidates must be in good academic standing (meet minimum GPA requirements, have no outstanding parking violations, etc.) and they might even be asked to complete an application.
Students can be nominated through a ballot system. Depending on the size of your school, you may be asked to submit your nominations either through a paper ballot or an electronic voting system. If your school allows candidates to self-nominate, you will most likely find a list of those candidates on the ballot. However, if your school’s prom election process consists of nominating any student in good standing within your year, you may be asked to submit your nomination using a write-in vote.
Prom court usually consists of four students who represent their class. In some cases, four “Prom Princesses” and four “Prom Princes” are chosen for prom court – the Prom Queen and King are chosen from this group. Each school sets up their election a little differently, so it’s best to confirm the structure with faculty or your SGA committee or student council.
What Happens After the Election?
Your prom king and queen are representatives of your school; therefore, they may be asked to partake in various school functions and volunteer events. Once elected, they must continue to uphold academic and attendance requirements – lest their title be stripped.
How eBallot’s Online Voting System Can Help
If you’re a member of school faculty or the SGA and you are tasked to run these elections, you may be surprised at how frustrating it can be to collect votes and tabulate the results.
Since casting these votes happens every year, you need a solution that is secure enough to handle a large influx of votes yet easy enough for a trusted student to manage the election.
eBallot has been the online voting system of choice for K-12 schools for many years. Our quick ballot process lets you import candidate images and profiles, so students can make the best decision for their election. We also let you host write-in votes, should your school allow students to nominate anyone within their specific year. Once your election is live, you won’t have to worry about counting ballots – we tabulate your results for you in real-time.
Prom season may be filled with excitement and the inevitable drama, but your prom election doesn’t have to be. Find out how you can run a simple prom election by touring our eBallot Essential platform.
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