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    Default A Better Way to Count Votes at Party

    Every year we have awards for several "Best" categories. My wife has little trophies made up and we hand them out for things like: Best Costume, Best Kid Costume, Scariest, Yummiest Snack, etc.

    The issue we have is counting the votes. The ballots are paper, and we have to count all of them for each category. It takes us about 20 minutes to count all the ballots, during which time we're gone from the party. As we count near the end of the evening, people are often looking for us as they are getting ready to leave.

    Anyone using an efficient/better method?

    I thought about using an app or website, even if I had to make it myself, but then I run into the issue of making the entries standardized, so everyone is voting for the same person/thing, and not getting variations of the same entry.

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    Can you designate a different person to be in charge of one category? split it up a little, it might get done a little faster.

    I have a costume contest as well and I may just start picking the winner myself.

    other than having a costume parade and having everyone just clap the loudest for who they like the best, maybe get everyone involved?

    idk

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    With everyone having smart phones what about using an online voting poll, here's one http://www.anonvote.com/ that allows up to 15 images but others may allow more). You could take each guests pic as they come in and enter them into the appropriate catagories.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pumpkinpie View Post
    With everyone having smart phones what about using an online voting poll, here's one http://www.anonvote.com/ that allows up to 15 images but others may allow more). You could take each guests pic as they come in and enter them into the appropriate catagories.
    Ideally, I'd like to have an app everyone can use on their own device (iOS and Android), snap a selfie, and it would be available for everyone to vote on - in several categories - when the voting portion is opened up. I've looked for an app like this but haven't found one yet.

    I've found similar ideas, but nothing that actually works like the above. Most of what I've found is too simple or designed for growing your business through a social media presence.

    One big issue with most of what I've found is I would have to take a picture of everyone before the voting happened. With 60-80 people at the party, all arriving at different times, that quickly becomes an arduous task all in itself.

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    Make a poster board for each category in a less used area. Each award can have pre made, blank columns and people can add their vote to it. If the person they want to vote for isn't up yet, they can add it to a blank column. You'd need several columns with that many people, for each award, but it could be a quick way to look at the boards and see the obvious winner.

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    Hmm, I like the simplicity of the idea, but I'm not sure we have a place to set up the various posters. This would still require deciphering of what people wrote and who they were referring to (the guests don't all know each other's name). I think it would be a little faster than paper ballots, but not by too much.

    I'm trying to figure out how I can do something like this but include photos. Which brings me back to some app or even a Facebook contest. We had almost 80 people at the last party, and expect around that again this year. That's a lot of people/photos to manage.

    I thought about asking people to send me a photo of themselves before the party, either in costume or not, but that's still a lot of management for someone to organize the photos, etc.

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    The issue is having to count the votes. I suggest using something like marbles for people to record their vote. Then simply pour the marbles into a tube with numbers marked on it for various levels. If you want to get more complex have them drop their marbles into a series of tubes with some sort of cover (so no one would know the count in advance) and then have the big reveal by removing the cover.
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    We used to count all the votes and it was tedious and tortuous. This year I came up with a brilliant idea. I'm giving everyone at the party 3 Mardi Gras beads. One purple, one green, one gold. At 10:00 I'll have everyone put their purple bead around the neck of Best Costume, the green around Best Female and gold beads around Best Male. (I may change up the categories) Around 10:30, we'll have everyone count and the one with the most beads around their neck is the winner. Does that make sense? I've never tried it before but I think it will work (we have a bunch of Louisiana people attending who love getting their beads!)

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    We used to do this for our parties and yes, it took up time we could have spent with our guests.
    Now I just pick the winners myself. That way, I'm not disappointed with someone else's decision and I don't have to neglect my hosting duties...and hey, it's my party so I make the rules!
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    After discussing the various ideas with my family, we decided to use different colored gel bracelets. Each color will be for a different category (best costume, etc). The Spookiest Snack category will have to be counted separately, but that should be easy.

    I noticed you can get them customized with words, but that may be more expensive than we want for this.

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