Governor elections: voting systems

Be clear on the rules surrounding elections and what different systems you can use, both online and in person. Understand how to make sure voting is secure and confidential, and see examples from schools and trusts on what they do.

Last reviewed on 23 November 2022
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  1. Who decides what system to use?
  2. Can an election be completely virtual?
  3. Online voting systems
  4. Paper voting systems
  5. Example voting systems from schools and trusts

This article covers governor elections. If you're looking for advice on holding a vote during a virtual meeting (not an election), take a look at our virtual meetings guidance and virtual meetings model policy.

Who decides what system to use?

There is no statutory requirement to use any specific system for governor elections.

Who's responsible for choosing which system to use depends on who's responsible for organising the election:

  • Voluntary aided and foundation schools: the governing board is responsible for choosing the system
  • Community and voluntary controlled schools: check with your local authority (LA) if they require you to use a specific system, and if not, choose for yourself
  • Academies: the board of trustees is responsible, but check your articles of association and scheme of delegation in case they specify something different

Can an election be completely virtual?

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