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Our bylaws did not authorize absentee mail ballots. Recently they were amended to allow such without a meeting. We have an annual membership meeting in which business is to be conducted including election of board directors, bylaw amendments, etc. Voting had been limited to those present and proxy ballot. Mail in ballots now can be used for issue voting between annual meetings (or specially called member meetings). Another existing bylaw, not amended, says bylaws may be amended at any regular (or special) member meeting.

This is all confusing I know. Question is - can bylaws now be amended without a meeting by using absentee mail ballot exclusively?

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Our bylaws did not authorize absentee mail ballots. Recently they were amended to allow such without a meeting. We have an annual membership meeting in which business is to be conducted including election of board directors, bylaw amendments, etc. Voting had been limited to those present and proxy ballot. Mail in ballots now can be used for issue voting between annual meetings (or specially called member meetings). Another existing bylaw, not amended, says bylaws may be amended at any regular (or special) member meeting.

This is all confusing I know. Question is - can bylaws now be amended without a meeting by using absentee mail ballot exclusively?

Sounds like your bylaws are inconsistent. Or maybe not. But there's no way to tell without reading them all, and that's not possible here.

But if the bylaws provide for their own amendment only at meetings, you're probably (fortunately) still stuck with that.

And where did the proxy voting (ewww) come from? Did your bylaws authorize that back before they authorized absentee voting?

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