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After an election ends, the election page has a section that looks something like this:

election results text

But what is this silliness about downloading some desktop app and installing it? It's 2013 and this is the internet; we can do better than this!

What we can do is point people at https://instantstv.appspot.com/. What we can do even better is to have a link that goes to https://instantstv.appspot.com/ with the relevant results passed along already.

This would, I suspect, increase the number of people who actually look at the election process dramatically. Thich would be a good thing.


edit to add:

Something like this appears to already be happening! These days, meta posts about election results now (perhaps only sometimes?) include something like this:

For details on how the voting played out, you can download the election results here, or view a summary report online.

That latter link is to OpaVote, which provides exactly what I'm after.

Could we have a link from the election page to OpaVote please?

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I second the request and while I guess that it’s very easy to implement anyway, I would like to draw attention to the following motivation:

Transparency is an important feature of elections it allows people to control and understand that the results aren’t random or otherwise flawed. This applies in particular to Stack Exchange’s election system, which is more advanced but also more complicated than regular elections. Obstructing the access to detailed election results by only linking the version that requires downloading and understanding some software may thus nurture a user’s dissatisfaction and desinterest with the elections and the elected moderators, which in turn is obviously detrimental to the community.

Thus an easy and direct access to the election results should be available on all related pages and posts, not just the announcement on Meta.

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