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Robert B Fish

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An organization has a provision in its bylaws that no more than 3 past presidents can serve on its board of directors at one time. Directors serve staggered 3 year terms.

Two past presidents were prviously elected and have unexpired terms, one with 1 year remaining and one with 2 years remaining. Positions are open this year for one director (Southern Region) and one director (Northern Region). Each position has a past president running for it. Assuming both past presidents recieve a majority of the votes, how do we determine which one gets seated?

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An organization has a provision in its bylaws that no more than 3 past presidents can serve on its board of directors at one time. Directors serve staggered 3 year terms.

Two past presidents were prviously elected and have unexpired terms, one with 1 year remaining and one with 2 years remaining. Positions are open this year for one director (Southern Region) and one director (Northern Region). Each position has a past president running for it. Assuming both past presidents recieve a majority of the votes, how do we determine which one gets seated?

An organization with a rule like this is responsible for adopting all the rules of order that are necessary to regulate it.

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An organization has a provision in its bylaws that no more than 3 past presidents can serve on its board of directors at one time. Directors serve staggered 3 year terms.

Two past presidents were prviously elected and have unexpired terms, one with 1 year remaining and one with 2 years remaining. Positions are open this year for one director (Southern Region) and one director (Northern Region). Each position has a past president running for it. Assuming both past presidents recieve a majority of the votes, how do we determine which one gets seated?

Sounds like a trouble-prone provision in the first place, as people who are willing to serve as president are the same people likely to be willing/interested in being active board members in the future. Should a past president really be permanently handicapped in this way?

As for the 'who gets seated' question, perhaps the bylaws should be amended so that the question CAN be answered.

If the election is conducted one position at a time, presumably the third PP takes office when the result is announced for that position, and the fourth PP becomes ineligible to serve at that moment.

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