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Let me explain the situation and then I will ask two questions at the end of my post. Officer elections are coming up and things have gotten contentious. Nominating Committee met and presented a slate with one name for each position. The sitting President was on the slate as the nominee for President next year, as is our custom. A nomination from the floor was made to run against the sitting President. While this is allowed in our bylaws, it has never been done before. According to our bylaws, nomination from the floor are made at the September meeting and the Election is at the October
The bylaws of an organization to which I belong closes nominations three months prior to the AGM and does not allow for nominations from the floor. The current members of the board are tired and could use some fresh voices and energy. Would write-in votes on the ballots be considered valid, even though the assembly as a whole would not have been aware of them? Oh - one more point: Traditionally, elections are held by marking "yes" or "no" beside each name, with the candidates receiving more "yes" votes being elected. Does this practice (which I have not been able to find in the bylaws an