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  1. Please quote exactly the term of office provision in your bylaws.
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    Informal Discussion

    It is a board, so technically in could go into a committee of the whole. I do not see any value in doing so. You can speak any number of times, so prefacing each reply with "Mr. Chairman" would at least come close to accomplishing OP's desire.
  3. J. J.

    Informal Discussion

    .... or, you could recess and have this discussion, then resume the session. If your board was larger, I'd suggest using a committee of the whole. It seems over complicated if this is a small board. You could also suspend the rules to permit members to address each other directly.
  4. I did use the word "effectively." Most other motions, especially main motions, can only be voted on once during a session (except by using a different method, or by rescind/ASPA,or reconsider). In an election, the question may recur. A member is "entitled to one -and only one- vote on a question (p.407, ll. 1-5)." Yet, a member may cast a vote in the first round of voting, and vote in subsequent rounds of voting in an election. For these purposes, subsequent rounds in an election behave as if each round of voting is voting on a new question.
  5. I don't believe, absent a special rule, that the could be recounted. Each round of voting in an election is effectively a different question.
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    The person probably has had all of his rights of membership suspended, including the right to speak in debate and make motions. However the assembly could chose to suspend some, but not all, of his rights of membership (see p.662, ll. 25-31). While it is unlikely, it is possible that the assembly removed this person's right to vote, and did not remove his right to make motions and enter into debate.
  7. Because write-in votes would still be legitimate, it would not be a true "'runoff' election with only the top vote getters." A special rule could limit what names can appear on the ballot. It could not limit the eligibility of anyone. That is why I said "sort of."
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    It would depend on how the member was suspended. Was it due to a provision in the bylaws, i.e. you can't vote if you don't pay your dues? Was it due to disciplinary action? We will need more information (and a quote from the bylaws if the former). There are circumstances where there will be different answers. Also not that the rules could be suspended to let even a non-member enter into debate and/or make motions. Even if the suspended member could not make motions and enter into debate, the rules could be suspended to permit him to do so (see p.263, fn.).
  9. Assuming that absentee voting is permitted in the bylaws, I agree. By saying that members may vote by absentee ballot, the bylaws have created a right for members to vote by absentee ballot. The proper method is to hold the runoff at an adjourned meeting and give members the opportunity to vote by absentee ballot.
  10. Sort of. A special rule could limit who appears on the (second) ballot, i.e. the two candidates with the most votes. It would not, however, prohibit write-ins.
  11. J. J.

    Sad News

    I am very sorry to hear of his passing. My condolences to his family.
  12. J. J.

    Officer misconduct

    You would raise a point of order if you think there was a rule violation. Strictly by RONR, action must take place at a meeting. Many organizations do, however, permit conference call meetings in their bylaws, which supersedes RONR. There may also be a notice requirement. A definite answer cannot be given without reading your bylaws. Nobody here has read them. You may wish to contact either the National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP) or American Institute of Parliamentarians (AIP) for a referral for a professional parliamentarian. NAP: https://www.parliamentarians.org/ AIP: https://aipparl.org/
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    Nomination rule changes

    While you referred to a bylaw amendment, if the bylaws are silent regarding nominations, then a special rule could prohibit self nominations.
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    Notice of bylaws revision

    Tom, congratulation on revealing yourself. George, I'm cited in both court papers and a book as "J.J." I'm starting to think J. J. is my real name.
  15. You can define cause. "Cause" basically means the reasons for removing some member, not how the member is removed. Unless your rules say otherwise, you would still have to follow the rules in RONR to remove a member.