Board Elections

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What Happens if Voters Need to Choose Multiple Candidates in a Board Election?

Some board elections invite voters to choose several candidates, often necessary if there are multiple seats to fill or when an entire board is being appointed or re-elected. One option is to use Cumulative Voting. Each voter can select up to a maximum number of candidates they prefer, and those with the highest vote counts win the seats.
This process is also called Split Voting and allows one election to cover more than one elected board seat for efficiency and timeliness. Plurality Voting is also relevant and allows voters to use ElectionBuddy to select multiple candidates, often with up to two choices. They can also opt to abstain or nominate an additional candidate who does not yet appear on the ballot.

How Can Board Elections Encourage Higher Shareholder Engagement?

Online and digital ballots are an excellent way to encourage greater turnout in board elections. Voters can access their ballot paper through any device, cast a secure vote, and engage with the election process remotely and at their convenience.
Board election results can be circulated digitally between all stakeholders for transparency. Administrators can also use optional functions such as sending reminders to prompt voters who have not yet participated to do so before the election period ends. Learn more about board of director election best practices.

Is There a Maximum Number of Candidates Possible for Board Elections?

You may need to facilitate a board election with several candidates and can customize your voting ballot and the election process according to your requirements. For example, you might allow any voter to nominate their own candidate and add extra names to the voting form to be included in the final tally and decide how many voting options are assigned to each participant.

How Can I Combine Board Nominations and Elections?

In some cases, voters may be able to combine nominations and voting within one process, collating the time and admin required by conducting both functions simultaneously.

The nomination process is straightforward, whereby a voter can add a nominee to the ballot paper, who is then included in all future digital voting slips.

What Is a Single Position Board Election?

Single Position elections are used when only one candidate can be selected as a board representative and is decided by counting the final votes. Majority votes are collated until the voting period ends, and the winning candidate is announced to all voting members.

How Does Approval Voting Work for a Board Seat Election?

Approvals work similarly to any other board election, where voters are asked to submit their support for a candidate, normally running for a specific position or re-election.

ElectionBuddy accumulates the number of approvals submitted per candidate and confirms the winner. Voters can typically approve as many candidates as they wish, although you can customize the rules of your election accordingly.

What Is Preferential Voting in a Board Election?

Preferential Voting means that voters, normally shareholders and possibly other board members, can vote through an online ballot for the candidates they feel would best represent their interests on a board.

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