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Dot Voting on Zoom using MURAL

With all your potential options written on sticky notes in your mural start a dot voting session, where participants will move dots to their chosen sticky. Once everyone has voted (or time is up), review the results. Repeat for additional rounds, removing stickies as you go if desired.

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Once you have all the potential options that you want to vote on your mural, explain to participants what dot voting is. "We're going to vote on our top 3 choices by placing a dot on the three stickies we'd most like to move forward."
  2. Share your screen and demonstrate how the voting session is going to work. Show participants that clicking on a sticky will add a vote, shift-clicking on a sticky will allow them to remove a vote.
  3. (Optional) do a test round with everyone having a single vote and asking them to select a test sticky note.
  4. Remind participants how many votes they will have and how long they'll have to review the options and vote. Clarify any questions before you begin.
  5. Copy-paste the link to the mural in the chat. Provide 1-2 minutes for everyone to navigate there before opening the voting session.
  6. Open the voting session. If desired, start the timer.
  7. Give a 1-2 minute warning before closing the voting session if all votes aren't in. Close the voting session.
  8. Review and discuss results. If you want to do another round of voting, close the results screen, remove the options that you want to remove, and begin another round.


Before you start the dot voting session be sure that you have all the options you want to vote on noted on individual sticky notes on your mural. Arrange the sticky notes so they are easy to review and grouped together so people don’t have to navigate around a large mural. Lock all the sticky notes down so that participants can’t accidentally move the sticky notes.

If doing a test round, create a test sticky note (as to ensure people don't bias the results).


Be sure participants are clear on how to vote and how to move around the mural before starting voting. Know that votes are kept totally anonymous during voting so participants won't be able to tell how others are voting until the session ends.

MURAL records and stores the votes from multiple rounds and displays a results screen to you and other participants at the end of each round. You can also pull up this results screen at any point if you want to reference back to it.

Substituting Apps

If you're using apps other than Zoom and MURAL, here are the specific things your software will need to be able to do:

MURAL has the ability to create sticky notes and for participants to mark those stickies with a dots (or a marker tool).


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Activity by Meg Bolger

Co-developer of Facilitator Cards. Co-author of Unlocking the Magic of Facilitation. Adamant believer that facilitation can change the world.

Facilitation Testers Needed

This activity by Meg Bolger would really benefit from other facilitators testing it, tweaking it, and reporting back. If you give it a try in your virtual facilitation, all we ask is that you tell us how it went.

The main things we're wondering are regarding the context you facilitated it in (with whom, and toward what goal), how well it worked (what worked and what didn't), and in what ways you altered the instructions to make it work for you.