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A group has traditionally allowed only members holding membership during the year covered by the AGM to vote at the AGM. This year a number of organizations who have joined since the end of the fiscal and operating year wish to vote in the AGM and are disputing that it is not in the Bylaws and neither are there any policies on this restriction. The Board says they have always done it this way. Do they get to vote or does tradition have some say in this?

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A group has traditionally allowed only members holding membership during the year covered by the AGM to vote at the AGM. This year a number of organizations who have joined since the end of the fiscal and operating year wish to vote in the AGM and are disputing that it is not in the Bylaws and neither are there any policies on this restriction. The Board says they have always done it this way. Do they get to vote or does tradition have some say in this?

RONR refers to tradition as "custom." When custom comes into conflict with written rules or the parliamentary authority adopted by the society, the custom falls to the floor. See RONR(10th ed.), p. 17, l. 4-17.

The right to vote is a fundamental right of membership. This right does not have a delayed start date. If you're a member, you can vote, regardless of how long you have been a member.

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