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Blind voting 

What is it?

Blind voting is a way for groups to vote on issues without the votes influencing others. Blind voting is often implemented as an electronic meeting system.

How do I do it?

Most blind voting implementations involve electronic meeting systems, specially equipped conference rooms where every seat has a terminal. These terminals are connected to a large display where each person's entries can be viewed. However, all entries are anonymous--no entry can be attributed to a particular person. These entries can be ideas or concepts, or votes.

In this way, meetings can't be taken over by overly strident or commanding people. Individuals who often are not very active in regular meetings can contribute even if they are normally shy.

When should I use this technique?

This technique is best used to ensure equality among team members in brainstorming and voting sessions.

Who can tell me more?

Click on any of the following links for more information:

Facilitate.com has a list of electronic meeting tips.
http://www.facilitate.com/support_resources.html
 
Ventana East is one vendor of blind voting systems.
 

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