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Absentee Ballots

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I would like to be directed to the site in the RONR that addresses this item.  An organization has a vote on an item.  Previously the organization has made no statements about absentee ballots.  For this event, absentee ballots are sent out and received back.  These absentee ballots are counted with all the members who are present.  Some say the results shouldn't be considered since no provisions for absentee ballots were made.  Others say these results should be accepted because no rules were stated that opposed accepting absentee ballots.  Also, the absentee ballots were sent out and received with fair and proper accord. Is there a reference that says the results of this type vote should or should not be accepted?  Thank you.

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Absentee ballots are forbidden by RONR's Rules unless they are explicitly allowed for in the bylaws.. See p. 423

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1 hour ago, Guest Reuben Sparks said:

I would like to be directed to the site in the RONR that addresses this item.  An organization has a vote on an item.  Previously the organization has made no statements about absentee ballots.  For this event, absentee ballots are sent out and received back.  These absentee ballots are counted with all the members who are present.  Some say the results shouldn't be considered since no provisions for absentee ballots were made.  Others say these results should be accepted because no rules were stated that opposed accepting absentee ballots.  Also, the absentee ballots were sent out and received with fair and proper accord. Is there a reference that says the results of this type vote should or should not be accepted?  Thank you.

Unless absentee voting is authorized in the bylaws (presumably with some rules on how secrecy will be assured), the organization cannot properly issue absentee ballots, collect them, count them, or act on the results.  So, no, they should not be considered.

Furthermore, RONR strongly advises against any method that counts absentee votes along with in-person votes.

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Agreeing with the others, I'm not comfortable with "fixing" the mistake by simply not counting the absentee ballots.  Sending them out may well cause people not to show up at the election.  I'd want to hold an adjourned session for the election.

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