Automatic logout time when inactive

Customize the session duration from voting until automatic logout

  • Increased security for your voting project
  • Customized time settings
  • Improved protection of voting secrecy

1) Booking the feature 

The feature “Automatic logout time if inactive” can be booked for any POLYAS product. To book it, please contact our Support ( or your election manager, stating your project ID. You will find this in the overview of your voting project in the POLYAS Online Voting Manager.

To book the feature, you need to inform us about two important settings:

  1. The automatic logout time in minutes, after which voters are automatically logged out from the system if they are inactive.
  2. The time after which a notice is displayed to inform participants about the approaching logout. The time in seconds before the actual logout is specified here. 

2) Logout during voting

After the start of your voting project, all participants log on to the system and carry out their voting. The automatic logout occurs depending on the times you have specified until the notification and automatic logout.

An example: You have set the automatic logout time to three minutes and you want your notification to appear 90 seconds before the actual logout.

Voters will see a message if they are inactive for 90 seconds, i.e. if the mouse or keyboard are not used in the browser with the voting system (Live voting system) or if the relevant tab or window were moved to the background. This informs them that they have been inactive for a while and can either confirm their presence or be automatically logged out shortly. 

If the voter confirms their presence, they can continue with the voting process. The time until the next notification or logout resets at this point.

 If they do not confirm their presence, they will be logged out 90 seconds later in our example, i.e. a total of three minutes after becoming inactive.

Note: The logout time can be set to a minimum of one minute. We recommend not setting it higher than fifteen minutes, as both the voting secrecy and the ability to vote independently are at risk if you are inactive for a longer period of time. For Live Voting, however, it makes sense to set the times significantly longer, since there may be extended periods of inactivity between the votes due to the agenda. Otherwise, voters would have to log in again for each voting round.