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Hi.  So, if new at-large members were elected in November to begin term in January and after the January board meeting, one of the new members resigns, is there any rules that says we must default to the immediate past election results to replace that member, or can we begin a new process of accepting nominations and electing a new at-large member?  Our bylaws are vague, but if this were June and not January, the process would begin again and not default to the person with the most votes in the last election...  Please advise, and thank you in advance!

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6 hours ago, Guest Christy said:

One of the new members resigns.

Q1. Is there any rules that says we must default to the immediate past election results to replace that member?

Q2. Or can we begin a new process of accepting nominations and electing a new at-large member? 

Good news.

You never need to refer to old election results, if a vacancy occurs.

To fill a vacancy, you invoke the nomination/election process anew.

No loser(s) from the previous election gets any special treatment, or gets any higher consideration.

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On 1/19/2017 at 1:37 PM, Guest Christy said:

So, if new at-large members were elected in November to begin term in January and after the January board meeting, one of the new members resigns, is there any rules that says we must default to the immediate past election results to replace that member, or can we begin a new process of accepting nominations and electing a new at-large member?  

You need not, in fact you may not, default to the immediate past election.  Even if you could, it is likely that those who did not win did not have majority support, so the results would not be useful.

What you must do now is follow the rules in your bylaws that deal with filling vacancies.  If there are no such rules, then a new election is in order.

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