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Acclamation during elections

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When only person runs for a position and a motion is made to fill it by acclamation and someone objects what haapens next?

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The first thing to note is:

"If the bylaws require the election of officers to be by ballot and there is only one nominee for an office, the ballot must nevertheless be taken for that office unless the bylaws provide for an exception in such a case. "  RONR (11th ed.), p. 441

If a ballot vote is not required or the exception is in the bylaws, and there is only one nominee, the only way to object to the chair declaring that person elected is to nominate someone else.  If that happens a vote is taken to determine the winner.

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I agree with Mr. Mervosh, and would note that, if a motion is made to elect a sole nominee by acclamation, the chair should rule that the motion is not in order.  

When there is only one nominee, the chair, after ensuring that no members present wish to make any further nominations, will simply declare the sole nominee elected rather than take a voice vote on whether or not to elect him. (RONR, 11th ed., p. 443, ll. 7-12)

As an alternative to making another nomination, a member might move that the election be by ballot. If such a motion is adopted (majority vote required), then a ballot vote will have to be taken even although there is only one nominee, since members will then be free to cast write-in votes for any eligible person.

 

 

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The club rules do state election by ballot. The nomination were closed the month before the elections. A member running for a office is being investigated by the Executive Committe for violating the club's bylaws. That was the reason for the objections to be seated by acclamation.

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30 minutes ago, hwolfe14 said:

The club rules do state election by ballot. The nomination were closed the month before the elections. A member running for a office is being investigated by the Executive Committe for violating the club's bylaws. That was the reason for the objections to be seated by acclamation.

Then the election must be by ballot.  The reasons for objecting wouldn't matter (but for the ballot requirement) since the way to object to the election of a sole nominee is to come up with someone else (in my experience, usually someone who made the mistake of missing the meeting).

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