25:1 (2010:03) Voting Period Amendment Passed

January 5, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Posted in Bylaws | Leave a comment

VOTING PERIOD AMENDMENT PASSED
Elizabeth Parang, Bylaws Committee Co-Chair

The results are in on the proposed bylaws amendment concerning the voting period for election of officers.  The amendment passed 162 (yes) to 13 (no).  Currently there are 762 active members and so that means only 23% of the membership voted.  The NASIG Bylaws state, “Adoption [of a proposed amendment] shall be by two-thirds majority of those voting.”  As specified, the change will go into effect immediately.

The NASIG Bylaws will now state:

Article VII. Elections and Nominations.

Section 1. Elections.

The committee responsible for nominations and elections shall submit an election calendar for the upcoming election cycle to the Executive Board no later than sixty days after the Annual Conference. The election calendar shall state the steps and deadlines for nomination to eligible offices and officers, and members-at-large of the Executive Board, of announcements for the pending and final slate of candidates, for receiving nominations by petition, and for execution of the ballot for said election cycle. The Executive Board shall approve the calendar and report it to the membership within fifteen days after submission.

The election calendar deadlines shall be set to accommodate the following time requirements:

  1. Ballots for an election shall be distributed at least sixty days prior to the Annual Conference and completed ballots shall be accepted for ten working days after distribution.
  2. Persons seeking a nomination by petition shall be allowed at least fifteen days from the time of notice to the membership of the pending slate of candidates, to gather and submit their petitions to the committee responsible for nominations and elections.

Candidates receiving a plurality of votes cast shall be elected. In case of a tie vote, the committee responsible for nominations and elections shall decide the election by lot. Notice of those elected shall be communicated to the membership prior to the Annual Conference, with a declaration made also at the Annual Conference.

This article of the NASIG Bylaws previously stated:

Ballots for an election shall be distributed at least sixty days prior to the Annual Conference and completed ballots shall be accepted for thirty days after distribution.

The amendment was proposed by the Nominations & Elections Committee to make the election cycle more flexible.  Since elections are now conducted online in a secure environment, it is no longer necessary to allow a month for members to return ballots through the mail.

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