Dot Voting

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Dotmocracy is a beautifully simple method for group prioritization or decision-making. It is not an activity on its own, but a method to use in processes where prioritization or decision-making is the aim. The method supports a group to quickly see which options are most popular or relevant. 

5 min
Dot-stickers or markers


Use this method when a set of possible ideas have already been generated and need to be assessed or prioritized.

  • Place all the ideas up on a wall, one idea per post-it. Have the group cluster similar ideas and remove any duplicate post-its. Ensure that all ideas on the wall are clear to all members in the group, by running through all and inviting clarifications.

  • Have the group vote by dots. Each group member gets 5 (or another number) of dots to vote with. These dots can be distributed in any way: one dot each to five different ideas, all five dots to one idea, etc.  

  • Once all members have distributed their dots, the group could proceed in a variety of ways:

    • An open dialogue about the prioritization; which ideas got more dots? Which less?

    • Organize the ideas on a line from most to least dots, then discuss

    • Take only the top three ideas and spend time developing these further


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