Email address restriction and allow listing for polls

Email Restriction

The email address restriction for polls allows you to force respondents to submit a valid email address when voting on a poll. The poll will not register the vote until the voter clicks on a confirmation link in their email. Also, if you set the poll to block repeat voters, the poll will now block repeat voters from using the same email address more than once. Enabling Email restrictions along with Cookie and IP restrictions is the strongest setup against multiple voting (e.g., cheating).

To add the email address restriction to your poll, do the following.

To go back to edit an existing poll, hover over the poll’s name in your Dashboard, click Edit and then Settings:

In the Restrictions section, check the Email Restriction option. Checking this will require your respondents to validate their vote by clicking a link in an email.

Email Allow listing

You can further restrict voting on your poll by allow listing specific emails, allowing only recipients you choose to vote in the poll. When you click the Email Restriction option, a Select Users button will appear.

Click on the Select Users button to see the email address allow listing dialogue. Un-check the “Allow any email address” option, and then you can choose specific email respondents. You can select an existing group, or enter specific, individual email addresses:

If you allow any email address, a participant must enter any valid email address to get access to the poll. The vote is registered when the participant clicks on a confirmation link.

If you choose an email group, only email addresses from this group will be permitted access to your poll. Responses from these selected recipients will only be registered when the voter clicks on a confirmation link.

You may choose multiple groups to allow list, and you may add recipients manually, in addition to the groups.

If you choose to enter individual email addresses, you can use wildcards to allow a set of email addresses. For example, if you entered *, all valid email addresses ending with will be permitted access and respond to the poll.

Once you choose what email addresses you want allow listed, select the Save Selections button.

Finally, select the Update Poll button on the poll editor page to save all your poll settings.

Now when a voter tries to submit a vote on a poll, they will be asked to enter an email address:

When the respondent clicks the Vote button after entering their email address, they will be notified that an email has been sent to them.

The user will then be sent an email with a confirmation link. When the respondent clicks the link, they confirm ownership of the email address, and the vote is registered. A browser window is opened, showing the current results of the poll:

If you are using the direct link to the poll, the voter will be requested to enter an email address before they vote.

When they submit their vote to the poll, as above, they will be notified that a confirmation link has been sent to their email. Once the respondent clicks on the link, the vote will be registered.

Confirmation email didn’t arrive?

If your respondent claims their confirmation email never arrived, please advise them to check their email’s Spam, Social, Updates, Promotions, and/or any other auxiliary folders.