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Tutorial Three: How to Create a Poll!

Updated: Dec 09, 2022



Olivia Markowski

Click here to watch our Create a Poll video tutorial!



Create a new poll

Once you are logged into your Bookclubs account, navigate to “My Clubs” and select the “Polls” tab in the left navigation. This is where you will be able to facilitate all polling activities! All of your upcoming polls and past polls will be shown here. Click “Create a new poll” to start making your first poll.


First you will want to add a title to your poll, and then add any notes or instructions for your poll. Following this you will want to set a due date for your poll (once this date passes the, voting will close for the poll). If you want the votes to be anonymous, check the “Set Anonymous Voting” option.

Add books to poll

Next, you will decide what kind of poll you want to create. If you are voting on what book to read, you can add books to the poll by clicking the “Add book selections to the poll,” search for the books you want to add and click on the book cover image add!  If Bookclubs has a summary of the book it will automatically populate, otherwise you can add your own.  You will have to add each book individually, so if you want to add more click the “add another book” option at the bottom to search and add the next book.


There is also an option to use the check box asking if you want to auto populate the book options from your “Books We Want to Read” list. This will add any books your members recommended on the "Books We Want to Read" list to your poll. 

Add meeting dates to poll

If you want your club members to vote on meeting times, click the “Add meeting date and time options to the poll,” and add options for meeting dates and times. Just select the date and time you want listed on your poll, and then click add! You can continue to add more dates by continuing the same process and the dates will show up as options below.


Open-ended poll You can also add Yes/No questions, or open ended questions to your poll! You could use this feature to ask whether your club wants to meet in person, attend an upcoming event, or any other question you want clarity on. Open-ended questions are great for asking what snacks each person is bringing, or even asking the group what their favorite line from the book was.
Submit poll Once you are finished, click create poll and then you are set! Your members will automatically receive an email and app notification with the details and a link to the poll!
Vote on polls

Any open polls will appear in your club’s page under “Polls,” and past polls will be displayed here as well.


Members can vote for the options they prefer by clicking “Vote” on books and date/time options, and can also respond to your poll’s Yes/No or open-ended questions! Once members have voted on book options, the number of votes will appear underneath each option. 


You can use all of these features in one poll, or simply send out a poll that uses one feature.

Edit your poll If you want to change any details about your poll, click the edit button on the upper right corner of the poll to make updates.  It will reopen the edit page so you can make changes.  Save those change by clicking the "Edit Poll" button at the bottom of the page.  You can decide if the changes are significant enough to re-notify your club's members or not - if you don't want them to get another email, uncheck the "Send a notification to my club" box.


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Dec 05, 2022 - 2 months

Hi Tracey, it's not currently possible but is on our list of features to build out!


Oct 19, 2022 - 4 months

My book club uses ranked choice (weighted) voting. Is this possible with your polls?

Alexandra Mobley

Apr 18, 2022 - 1 year

I have created the same poll twice. Both times, we all get the email and notification that it was created but when I go to the poll section, nothing is showing there.

Kenia Sedler

Feb 14, 2022 - 1 year

I didn'y set a due date for my poll, but now all votes are in. How do I close the poll? (would be nice to keep archived rather than outright deleting it!)

Amy Kunde

Jan 11, 2022 - 1 year

how many votes can each book club member place in each poll? How many votes per book and how many votes within each poll?

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