A voting period can be started and closed at any time for any duration. At most one voting period may be open at any point. A voting period can be started by supplying a title and designating a type to the voting period, which may either be by Rank or by Points.
Once a voting period is closed, the vote data is moved into a history table in the database, while not removing the general voting blotter definitions from the User.
Voting, whether by rank or by points entails the Voter setting up a voting blotter. This voting blotter consists of a number of industries chosen by the Voter. For each of these industries, the Voter selects several Recipients that have an association to this industry, or several Companies, which s/he would like to vote for.