Civil Code section 5130 provides that a proxy is a written authorization signed by a member or the authorized representative of the member giving another member or members the power to vote on behalf of that member. In contrast, Corporations Code section 5069 does not require that a proxy must be given to a member; it could be given to anyone. The governing documents of some associations may prohibit the use of proxies, but proxies have been used significantly less since the secret ballot, double envelope system (Civ. Code §5100 et seq.) has been enacted to mail ballots to all members.

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