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Quick question for you guys:

We have a vacant position of vice president (one year term from Jan 11 - Dec 11). Per our by laws, in order to run for vice president during the general election you must currently be a member of the org and have attended at least 3 of the 12 general meetings. The position became vacant back in February and we held a special election per Roberts Rules. At the time of the special election, nobody stepped forward and ran for the position.

Here we are now, 8 months into the season and someone stepped forward and wants to fill the role. This person did not attend 3 general meetings during the season last year. Are we able to appoint this person at this time or are they ineligible due to the by laws?


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I am afraid this is a bylaws-type question and a careful reading of the bylaws would be necessary to answer it properly. It doesn't relate directly to RONR, which is supposed to be the subject of Q&A here.

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At the time of the special election, nobody stepped forward and ran for the position.

According to RONR, stepping forward and running is not a requirement for election. If the election still is not completed, then it is still in progress. You should complete it without delay.

As to whether someone who is not eligible to "run" according to your bylaws is still eligible to be elected is a matter of painstaking bylaws interpretation and, as has been noted, that's not what we do here.

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