Submitted by John Carricato
Feb 9, 2023
You've got an election coming up, and even if you’re unable to attend the membership meeting and election, you can still vote by proxy.
A proxy is the written authorization that allows one person to appoint another (the proxy holder) to vote on his or her behalf. State law. the Artist Lake, Condo 1 and Condo 2 governing documents specify that the condominium can use proxy voting.
Why would you use a proxy? Maybe you’re traveling during the election or have other obligations that prevent you from attending the meeting, but you still want your voice to be heard.
If you’re interested in using a proxy, the newsletter will provide proxy forms for you to use. The proxy form must cite the name and address of the individual you’re appointing to cast your vote. It must also list your name, address and telephone number. You must sign and date the form.
The condominium can only accept one proxy form per person, so be sure to fill out your form accurately. By only accepting one official form, the condominium doesn’t need to check each proxy to determine if it's legally sufficient.
IF YOU ASSIGN A PROXY DO NOT RETURN MAIL IN BALLOTS YOU MAY HAVE RECEIVED FROM YOUR CONDOMINIUM BOARD OR PROPERTY MANAGER. THE PERSON NAMED IN YOUR PROXY WILL CAST YOUR VOTE FOR YOU.
Just be aware that by assigning your proxy to another person, you’ve authorized the proxy holder to vote for you as he or she sees fit. The proxy holder is responsible for voting or abstaining from a vote.
Essentially, a proxy is an act of trust—the proxy giver must trust the judgment of the proxy holder. The proxy giver may think the proxy holder will vote for a certain candidate or issue, but the proxy holder isn’t legally bound by that assumption unless it’s written on the proxy form.