How to Delegate Your Tokens
# Why Delegate?
Participating in governance of the Optimism Token House can require a serious time commitment. For this reason, people are able to delegate the voting power of their OP tokens to a community member who has explicitly volunteered to play an active role in Token House governance. These volunteers are called delegates.
If you do not wish to delegate your voting power to a representative, you will still need to delegate to yourself in order to vote.
# How do I delegate my votes to a representative?
Take the time to read through delegate statements of interest, choosing your delegate is an important decision! A healthy governance system is good for Optimism and for all OP holders. Choosing a good delegate is in each OP token holder's best interest.
This delegate will vote on your behalf. You will not hold any voting power or execute your own votes but you will retain 100% ownership of your tokens, and can use them however you want.
View top delegates by voting weight on Dune (opens new window).
Go to the delegates app (opens new window) to see that you’ve delegated your tokens as intended.
Please note that delegation only becomes effective the next time Snapshot (opens new window) measures how many votes each delegate has. This happens at the start of every voting cycle, which is every three weeks.
Delegation is always in your control. You can return to the delegation page (opens new window) at any time to change your delegate selection, or to re-delegate voting power to yourself (more below).
# How do I delegate to myself?
Would you rather vote yourself? No problem, but you’ll have to delegate to yourself first! If you try to vote with your tokens but have not delegated to yourself, you will not be able to vote.
Go to the delegates app (opens new window) to see that you’ve delegated your tokens to your own address.
Please note that delegation only becomes effective the next time Snapshot (opens new window) measures how many votes each delegate has. This happens at the start of the voting phase in a cycle, which is the last week of each cycle. A new cycle starts every 3 weeks.
If you want to become a delegate that others delegate to you need to follow this process.
Once you’ve been added as a delegate in the next voting cycle, you can start voting (opens new window)!