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We have to elect three directors. Can all nominees be placed on one ballot and top three win or do we need three individual elections?

Next November you'll be electing a President, perhaps a Senator, a Representative, and probably several state and local officials. Maybe even several members of your town's council. All on the same ballot.

But it's usually not enough to simply have the most votes (a plurality); the winning candidate(s) will likely need more than half the votes (a majority).

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We have to elect three directors. Can all nominees be placed on one ballot and top three win or do we need three individual elections?

You can certainly put all nominees on one ballot. However, unless your bylaws specifically authorize plurality voting (the 'top three win' approach you mention), a nominee must win a majority of the votes cast in order to be elected. Each voter is allowed to cast up to 3 votes (mark up to 3 names on the ballot; this includes write-in votes, unless your bylaws specifically prohibit write-ins). If, for example, 31 voters cast ballots (blank ballots don't count), then a candidate must receive 16 or more votes in order to be elected. If you don't elect enough people on the first round, continue with further rounds of balloting. See the lines cited by Mr. Honemann for clarification and more details.

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