A polling order is a type of award where the previous recipients of the award are charged with advising Their Majesties on who should be recognized with that award in the future. The order maintains a watch list of candidates, discusses people's progress on an electronic mailing list and in meetings, recommends candidates to Their Majesties, and provides formal guidance to the Crowns through pollings.
These pollings are conducted like a vote, but additional commentary beyond a yes/no/abstain is strongly encouraged. The final decision to award or not is made by the Crown and their is no minimum level of support from the order required for recognition. Nor does overwhelming support require the Crowns to make an award that they do not wish to make.