What is voting by proxy? How does it work?

Voting by proxy is designating someone else to cast your vote in the election, which OTW is required to allow by Delaware law. Typically, it can be done if a member will be away from internet access or have other commitments during the entire election period.

Proxies are assigned by email. The emailed proxy request must

  1. originate from the email account you used to donate to the OTW;
  2. be addressed to both elections-chair@transformativeworks.org and your proxy;
  3. include your legal name; and
  4. include a declaration that you wish to assign your proxy to the emailed recipient.

Your proxy must reply to that email, acknowledging receipt, and include their legal name in the reply. This reply must be received by elections-chair@transformativeworks.org at least two weeks before the election. The official deadline for proxy assignment will be included on the election timeline.

Proxy assignments last six months; until those six months are up, we cannot revoke or change your proxy assignment. If you have been assigned someone else’s proxy vote, you cannot in turn pass it on to someone else.