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  1. Kim Goldsworthy

    completing an election

    It would appear that sometimes, no notice is necessary to elect officers. See page 444. But then see page 468. Note that page 444 makes no mention of notice. Thus, it would appear as if page 444 contradicts page 468, which says that notice "must always be given". Q. What is the solution to this apparent contradiction?
  2. I am a member of a church with an Executive Board of three members and a bylaw for rotation in office. Each term has a specific beginning and end date. The board chairman having served for three years was ineligible for election at a recent election meeting and we elected a new member. (No officer having served three years shall be eligible for immediate reelection to that office.) But then when we elected a treasurer later, that person resigned from the board effective as of the next month creating a position vacancy. Other meeting business intervened and the assembly relied on our bylaws for the outgoing board to call a special meeting to fill the vacancy or appoint a substitute board member until the next membership meeting in two months. The outgoing board met and the chairman and his wife elected him as a substitute to serve in the interim until a replacement is elected (and fulfill the quorum requirement for the board). The outgoing Board Chairman maintains, however, that he is now eligible for election to a new three-year term (or 2.7 year term) in two months because in neither case would his reelection be immediate . It seems as if the issue is how to complete an incomplete election.
  3. The bylaws of a state political party say that each county party is to hold an organizational meeting every January of odd numbered years to elect officers. Officers hold office for two years or until successors are elected. If a county party did not hold this meeting or any other meeting since then, would the officer elections be considered incomplete? I reviewed page 444 of RONR, but it does not appear to apply directly because it refers to societies that meet at least quarterly, and we are well beyond that here.
  4. If the bylaws state that "The executive board shall fill vacancies in office," under what circumstances, if any, does an incomplete election become a vacancy that the board can fill? This question arose from the last few posts in this thread. I would certainly agree with Mr. Gerber that if filling the vacancy "clearly interferes with the expressed wishes of the assembly," then the board does not have the authority to fill the vacancy. So if an assembly follows RONR's advice and postpones an incomplete election to an adjourned meeting, this won't become a problem. As we know from questions on this board in the past, however, assemblies frequently abandon an incomplete election and adjourn the meeting without any provision to complete the election. This is presumably due to the assembly's lack of knowledge of the proper procedure. In such a case, could the board act to fill the vacancy, just as if it was a vacancy which arose between meetings? Does it make any difference when the assembly's next regular meeting is, whether it would be possible (or practical) to schedule a special meeting, etc.? Would it make any difference if the board's authority to fill vacancies applied "between meetings of the society's assembly" (perhaps because the bylaws have such a clause or the board is acting under a "full power and authority" clause rather than a specific rule regarding vacancies)?
  5. An organization has a proper "or until..." clause in its bylaws in the specification of the terms of office. The org, for whatever reason, fails to elect a (new) president at the regular election meeting. The current president agrees to continue in office. After a while (weeks, months?), the president gets tired of this and resigns. When his resignation is accepted does this create... 1) A vacancy in office into which the VP automatically moves? or 2) A requirement to try again to elect a president, as the non-occupancy (I don't want to use the word "vacancy" here) of the presidential office is essentially the result of an incomplete election?