How voting at the AGM works
Members sometimes ask us how voting at AGMs works. In particular the voting arrangements for resolutions, and the difference between specified votes and discretionary votes.
Voting on resolutions
- At the meeting in person – if the member is attending the meeting they can vote on resolutions themselves.
- Before the meeting by proxy – if the member is not attending the meeting, they can vote by proxy. This means that the member can appoint someone else who will be at the meeting (either a named individual or the chairman of the meeting) to vote on their behalf. They can use the voting forms or online voting system to do this in two ways:
- to direct the proxy how to vote (this is called a ‘specified’ vote)
- to leave the proxy to vote as he/she thinks fit (this is called a ‘discretionary’ vote)