BMC AGM voting rights

Posted by Nick Colton on 10/05/2018

This article sets out the voting rights for BMC members at AGMs.

All adult members (i.e. 18 years of age and above) of BMC Affiliated Clubs and Individual Members of the BMC, are all Voting Members of the BMC, and have exactly the same voting rights under a "one member one vote" system.  These rights are enshrined in the BMC Articles of Association, Article 11.

At the BMC Annual General Meetings (AGMs) ordinary business on the Agenda that needs to be voted on is decided by a show of hands.  Special business on the Agenda is decided by a poll.  This is set out in Article 56 of the Articles of Association. 

READ: BMC Memorandum & Articles of Association

However, members not present at an AGM may vote by proxy.  Proxy voting is described below.

Voting by Proxy

A proxy voting system is provided for at every BMC Annual General Meeting, for those members unable to attend.  For 2018 the BMC is using the Electoral Reform Services (ERS) to conduct the BMC’s proxy voting system.

The system is very simple and works as follows:

  • On Friday 18 May, ERS will email all members a secure link and security code to enable members to cast their vote online.
  • Those members who do not have an email address will receive their information by post.
  • Members can proxy the Chair of the AGM or another member who they know will be attending the AGM in person.
  • On the day of the AGM, the BMC will pass the details from the completed proxy form to the person nominated as proxy, so that that person can vote on their behalf. 

The 2018 BMC AGM will take place on Saturday 16 June at the Castle Green Hotel, Kendal.

READ: BMC AGM 2018: essential information


Your AGM: Thanks for your vote!

This year's historic AGM had a record voting turnout, with 6,796 of those votes being made online. We want to thank everyone for having their say and helping to shape the future of the BMC. 

READ THE FULL REPORT: The BMC's historic 2018 AGM

Detailed info on the BMC AGM 2018

Find out more about the last AGM. It's a complicated topic, so start with this one:

READ: It's your BMC, and we need your vote

We were asking our members to vote on some significant changes to the BMC's constitution. Part of the discussion was the relationship between the BMC and Sport England. 

READ: What are Sport England Tier 3 and Tier 1 relationships?

There were two constitutions to vote for: Proposal A (as recommended by National Council) and Proposal B, proposed by a group of members. To learn more about the two proposals, you can read a detailed comparison written by BMC honorary solictor Martin Wragg.

READ: A comparison of alternative constitutions

How did the recommendations get decided? Read more about the process that lead to this stage, including the reports from the Organisational Review and more. 

READ: BMC Organisational Review reports

Watch the Open Forum debate

We held a debate in Manchester on 15 May for both options to be discussed. You can watch the livestream here:


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