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In an election of officers by a new Board, is it permissible per the standards of RR for a Board member to make a motion to nominate the full slate of Officers (Prez, VP, Treas, Secr), in a single motion; or does ea Officer need to be nominated/seconded and voted upon by a separate/indiv motion by Board members?

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Nominations are opened for each office separately, in the order the offices are listed in the bylaws. No second is necessary, although seconds are frequently given. RONR notes on p. 435, ll.27ff, that some organizations hold nominations for all offices before proceeding to elections, while others conduct nominations, followed by election, for each office in sequence. Your organization is free to develop rules for either method.

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Guest Pete S

Additionally, if there are only four (4) Board members, on a newly elected Board of five (5) positions, present at an Election of Officers, is it permissible (per standards of RR) for one member to nominate (on a single motion) a full slate of Officers, minus one position (VP)?  So, in essence, three (3) Board members nominated/seconded, and voted ‘aye’ for themselves, for 3 or the four Officer positions - at the exclusion of the 4th member present - in a recorded vote of 3-1.  Is this permissible?  If ‘yes’, as a matter of tecnicality, are there standards within RR that can be cited to the Association to address the nature of this ill-advised move by said Board members?

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Guest Pete S

But in those instances where nominations for offices are all held in advance of elections, is it proper to make nominations separately, for ea office?

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Guest Who's Coming to Dinner

If there was only one candidate for each office, then no motion or vote was required. Unopposed candidates are elected by acclamation, unless your rules require a ballot. The four board members were entitled to take this action so long as they constituted a quorum and previous notice of the election was given.

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Guest Pete S

There was proper notice, and the members present constituted a quorum; however, three of the 4 members acted willfully against the 4th member, in nominating each other to fill (only) 3 of the offices, leaving the office of VP vacant, with the intent to exclude the 4th member from holding an office on Board.  Is there any recourse per RR to be taken against this kind of willful action?

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Guest Who's Coming to Dinner

Sure. The office of VP is vacant and the election is incomplete. At the next meeting, the fourth member may nominate him or herself and will be elected by acclamation unless the other members nominate some other qualified candidate(s).

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Guest Chante

A slate of officers was presented by the nominating committee - only 1 candidate for each position was selected.  Since there is only 1 candidate for each office, and they accepted the nomination, what would be the proper wording the elect these officers at the membership meeting.  Is this ok?

Since there is but one candidate for each office, the following officers are elected by acclamation:  Name, President, Name, 1st VP, Name, 2nd VP, Name, Recording Secretary, Name, Corresponding Secretary, Name, Treasurer.  Congratulations to the Officers for 2018-2010.

(Nominations were submitted and the Committee met to come up with a slate of Officers.  There are no nominations from the floor)

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Yes, if...

1) Your bylaws do not require a ballot vote, and

2) You open the floor for nominations after the NomCom gives its report.  (You say there are no floor nominations, but you still have to ask.)

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Guest Who's Coming to Dinner

Not at the H.G. Wells Horological Society.

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