Electronic Voting

New Opportunity for All CFPC Members to Influence College Direction

2016 Electronic Voting Outcome

In fall 2016 the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) used an electronic voting process for the first time to vote on Board of Director candidates. More than 2,000 members voted in 2016, in comparison to 2015 with 182 members voting. The following points summarize member feedback from this successful pilot project:

  • More than 2,000 members voted (6.2%)
  • Ninety-two per cent of voters were in favour of continuing with electronic elections
  • Ninety-three per cent of voters were in favour of continuing to share nominee details in advance of the election; permit members to provide feedback to the Nominating Committee; and permit members to request that they be added to the final list of Director-at-Large candidates
  • Comments from voters included:
    • Thank you for keeping the process transparent and inclusive.
    • Very important in my view to allow the membership this opportunity to vote on the board members.
    • Online is efficient.
    • I am not familiar with any of the candidates. By providing additional information such as the rationale and bio of the candidates I was able to understand their objectives for serving better.
    • Site worked well. It was easy to read about each candidate before voting.
  • Some voters expressed a desire for choice/competition (in 2016 no members suggested additional candidates during their review of the Nominating Committee’s nominees); the Nominating Committee will discuss this and connect with the CFPC’s British Columbia Chapter, which just completed an electronic election with 17 candidates vying for six vacancies
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