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We have a General meeting this evening as well as an Election.  The sitting president is trying to take down the organization and create a bad name for those still involved.  Is there a way to make a motion to go directly to the election rather than sit through the General meeting?  Thanks so much I am just fearful the this president is going to make a huge seen.  He has already threatened to bring an attorney to the meeting.

 

Thank you in advance

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Is there a way to make a motion to go directly to the election rather than sit through the General meeting?

 

Well, the election is usually part of the meeting but, yes, it's possible to conduct the election closer to the start of the meeting than the end. In fact, it's preferable (in case the election takes longer than expected).

 

It's also possible to select someone else to preside at the meeting.

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I'm weighing in a bit late, but if this meeting is what amounts to your annual meeting and elections are held at this meeting by virtue of a provision in the bylaws, then the elections automatically constitute a special order of business for this meeting and should be taken up in the standard order of business in the section for special orders which comes after  reports of officers and committees and before unfinished business and new business. There would be no need to suspend the rules if elections are taken up at that point, but such a motion would be necessary to take them up at an earlier point.

 

From page 357 of RONR:

 

"Matters that the bylaws require to be considered at a particular meeting, such as the nomination and election of officers, may be regarded as special orders for the meeting and be considered under the heading of Special Orders in the order of business. If a special order is on the table, it is in order to move to take it from the table under this heading when no question is pending (17, 34)."

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