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Can't find anything in by-laws to cover this. The only helpful thing is a by-law that states if its not in our bylaws refer to most current copy of Robert's Rules of Order.

If two mebers are running for a position and there is a tie 23-23.

Is there a run off? Meaning the same two people are voted on again for the same position or is the nomination process opened again, allowing new candidates and then an election?

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Is there a run off? Meaning the same two people are voted on again for the same position or is the nomination process opened again, allowing new candidates and then an election?

Yes.

Meaning you can continue to vote for the same two nominees until one of them wins or you can re-open nominations in the hope of selecting a third "dark horse" candidate that will be less objectionable to the two opposing camps. And even if nominations are not officially re-opened, members are still free to vote for anyone they choose, even those who weren't nominated (via so-called "write-in" votes).

What you have now is what's referred to as an "incomplete election".

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And remember that if more candidates are added, the winner will still have to achieve a majority to be elected. That is, the winner must receive more votes than all the other candidates put together.

So if you add a candidate to the ballot and that candidate gets one vote, you may have "broken" the tie, but you still haven't elected anyone.

Keep voting until someone gets a majority.

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Can't find anything in by-laws to cover this. The only helpful thing is a by-law that states if its not in our bylaws refer to most current copy of Robert's Rules of Order.

If two mebers are running for a position and there is a tie 23-23.

Is there a run off? Meaning the same two people are voted on again for the same position or is the nomination process opened again, allowing new candidates and then an election?

One thing I want to comment on is the use of the word 'run-off.'

My impression of a run-off, confirmed by Wikipedia:

"However, if no candidate receives the required number of votes ..., then those candidates having less than a certain proportion of the votes, or all but the two candidates receiving the most votes, are eliminated, and a second round of voting occurs." [emphasis added]

This dropping of candidates with fewer votes is not part of the usual election process under RONR. See, however, the new footnote on p. 441 (RONR 11th ed.) -- recently pointed out by Mr. Mervosh in another thread.

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One thing I want to comment on is the use of the word 'run-off.'

My impression of a run-off, confirmed by Wikipedia:

"However, if no candidate receives the required number of votes ..., then those candidates having less than a certain proportion of the votes, or all but the two candidates receiving the most votes, are eliminated, and a second round of voting occurs." [emphasis added]

This dropping of candidates with fewer votes is not part of the usual election process under RONR. See, however, the new footnote on p. 441 (RONR 11th ed.) -- recently pointed out by Mr. Mervosh in another thread.

And that's probably why RONR does not refer to a "run-off."

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