Intro to Polls

Polls help you make decisions and progress discussion to an outcome.

  • Involve the right people to make better decisions
  • Get engagement, test ideas, listen and sense, identify priorities, and clarify issues, even if the solution might not yet be apparent
  • Set a deadline, prompt people who haven’t participated, and state an outcome
  • Flexibly use decision making processes that work for your group

There are many types of decision tools in Loomio and many ways to use them.


At the heart of Loomio is the proposal.

A proposal helps convert a discussion into a clear, practical outcome.

For example, someone suggests a course of action and invites people to respond by voting agree, abstain or disagree.

As people vote, they can give a reason why they have voted this way. You can see where everyone else stands on the matter, and why. If someone contributes some new information or a strong opinion you can change your vote, if you wish.

In this way you can use proposals to prompt people for a response, uncover new information, and build shared understanding - to help your group make a better, more informed decision.

A proposal and associated discussion, creates a record of how the decision came about.

Other poll types

Loomio includes a range of poll types to support participation in decision making. You can configure polls to suit a particular decision process or voting method.

Sense check: To ask people for feedback, questions and concerns before moving to a decision.

Simple poll: A simple poll to ask people which option or options they approve.

Time poll: Find the best time to meet, or to schedule an event. Like Doodle without all the ads…

Opt-in: Find volunteers or participants to help or join a working group.

Score poll: Find the degree of support for each option.

Dot vote: Find degree of support by asking people to allocate a budget of points to options.

Ranked choice: Rank a list of options in order of preference — useful for elections.

New poll type: Configure the poll type you need with custom terminology, options and settings.

All poll types have a similar structure

As you start using polls, you will notice the poll setup, running and closing follow a similar pattern:

Set up poll:

  • Give the poll a title
  • Assign a category tag
  • Describe the poll question, and how you want people to vote
  • Configure poll options
  • Set a closing deadline
  • Invite people

In the "Settings" tab you can also set:

  • Hide results, until vote is cast or poll closes
  • Anonymous voting
  • Vote reason to required, optional or disabled
  • Reminder that poll is closing soon to nobody, author, undecided voters or all voters

Running poll:

  • People vote and add a reason (optional)
  • Results are updated live
  • People can change their vote if new info emerges
  • A reminder is sent to people who haven’t voted

Poll closed:

  • The proposal or poll closes, and everyone can see the results
  • The author sets an outcome, notifying everyone of what will happen next.