POLYAS Election Glossary

We provide explanations and background information on elections, voting rights and digital democracy

Trustee Elections

Trustee elections are undertaken in certain organizations to elect their governing board - the board of trustees. An organization’s board of trustees is similar to that of a board of directors in companies: it sets the policy direction of the organization and has overall responsibility for its management. The term “trustee”, however, is usually used in the context of organizations such as charities or schools.

The voting procedure can vary between individual trustee elections. For example, local school board elections in Canada have been undertaken as traditional ballot box elections as well as by postal voting, over the phone and iVoting. Local school board elections take place concurrently alongside municipal elections and, depending on the policies of individual municipal areas, offer one or multiple days of advance voting.

See also: Ballot Box Elections, Advance Voting, iVoting, Postal Vote

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