bertgrower wrote:mjr wrote:gaz wrote:The turnout was closer to 2600, attendance by proxy is no less valid than attendance in person. You don't have to get up as early and it helps to avoid overcrowding in the room .
I hope the means that you know that's nutmegs. Voting turnout is not attendance. A large number of proxy authorities given to one person is a sign of a failing democracy, isn't it? After all, if Theresa May was proxy for 99% of UK voters, loads of people would be crying foul... (AFAIK that's not currently possible for the simple physical reason that you have to visit the polling station of each voter who you are proxying for.)
There is a way to get around lack of participation in voting at AGM it is to broadcast the AGM over the internet like the Nationsl Trust did last year and have real time voting on line. There was a motion to that effect at the 2017 AGM but was not pass because CUK said it would cost too much. They fail to mention that you can broadcast live via you tube for free and use a smart phone, even if you hired a decent equipment the cost would be few 000's pounds. But IMHO CUK hq does not want the membership to be well informed, I wonder why?
Before rushing to adopt the National Trust model please be aware that:
Votes can be cast either by proxy (in advance of the meeting) or by attendance in person on the day. There is no provision for on-line real time voting. Resolutions passed by the NT AGM are not binding on the NT Board.
Essentially apart from the live broadcast of the AGM this is the same as Cycling UK.
bertgrower wrote:There is a way to get around lack of participation in voting at AGM it is to broadcast the AGM over the internet like the Nationsl Trust did last year and have real time voting on line.
Assuming a Cycling UK membership approx 67000 and voter participation of 2,600 that's about a 3.8% voter turnout.
National Trust membership 2016, 4,588,393 (source p3)
National Trust members participating at 2016 AGM, about 25,000 source.
A voter turnout of approximately 0.5%. Hardly evidence that an internet broadcast increases voter participation.
There is a legal obligation on Cycling UK to provide proxy voting. That obligation remains even if you introduce a real time on-line voting mechanism.
I can't imagine large numbers of those Members not currently participating through proxy voting sitting glued to youtube at the precise time of the AGM waiting to press their button as each motion comes up for the vote.