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Electronic Ballots Versus Proxies

Joy Mathews, Warren Kleiner
Publication date:
October 11, 2019
Article Summary: 

The Fall 2019 issue of the CCI Toronto Condovoice Magazine discussed the pros and cons of electronic voting in condominiums compared to traditional proxies. Electronic voting allows owners to submit ballots prior to meetings, while proxies give proxy holders the right to participate and vote on behalf of owners. Proponents of electronic voting argue that it can increase owner participation and is more convenient to pass e-voting by-laws. It also offers confidentiality, and owners can vote directly without the need for a proxy. However, critics suggest that electronic voting may not truly improve owner engagement, as voting does not equal participation. Privacy protections for votes already exist under the Condominium Act. While electronic voting is a promising tool, using electronic proxies appears to be a safer alternative, offering similar benefits and more. The article highlights the need for further guidance from the courts to fully understand how electronic voting will be applied in condominiums.


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Joy Mathews, Warren Kleiner
Electronic Ballots Versus Proxies
October 11, 2019
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