Frequently Asked Questions - Elections
We need to verify that each vote comes from a current member, and that no member votes more than once. Your name and membership number allows us to do that.
Each membership, no matter what category, gets one vote. That means a family membership gets only one vote.
The only person who sees your ballot is the person who counts them. That person does not reveal any individual votes to anyone else.
Check the envelope your ballot came in -- your membership number is on the address label. If you still don't know your membership number, write your name clearly on your ballot.
The person who counts the ballots checks the name on the ballot against the membership number, and if they don't match they will reject the ballot. To make that person's job easier, please use the name that appears first on the address label. If you're not sure which name that is, writing all the names on the ballot will help the ballot counter to identify your membership.
In sending your ballot to the ballot counter, you are designating the ballot counter to be your proxy, which means that he will cast a vote on your behalf at the annual meeting. Simply put, you are asking him to vote for you, and you are telling him how you want to vote.
No -- that is not the proxy's function. The proxy will cast a vote for you based on your instructions. If you don't make a clear choice, the proxy will not vote your ballot.
The proxy will not count it (see above).
The proxy will cast votes for the candidates you choose, and no others.
The person counting the ballots, for obvious reasons, is acting independently and doesn't have regular contact with either the Board or other OrigamiUSA volunteers. If you wish to communicate with them, it is better to contact OrigamiUSA directly.