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Article VII. Nominations and Elections

Section 1

The Nominating Committee shall consist of the immediate past president of the Association and the chapter immediate past presidents or their designees. The chairperson of the Nominating Committee shall be the immediate past president of the Association. In the event that the immediate past president cannot accept the appointment, the president shall appoint a member from the Board of Directors to serve as the chairperson.

Section 2

At least thirty days prior to the midwinter meeting, the Nominating Committee shall present to the president and the executive director a list of nominees to fill the positions of the five outgoing Board members. The number of nominees shall be between five and ten. At the same time, the Nominating Committee shall also submit a slate of no more than three nominees for each of the positions of vice president/president elect and incoming vice president/president elect. In the event that the term of the treasurer or the executive director expires, or any of the positions becomes otherwise vacant, a slate of no more than three nominees for each of the positions shall also be submitted. The Committee shall seek the consent of each nominee prior to submission of the list. All nominees must be personal members in good standing with a record of participation in the activities and functions at various levels of the Association. All nominees are invited to attend the Board meetings.

Whenever possible, the list shall be published in the listserv, websites, or newsletter of the Association prior to the annual membership meeting. Additional nominations can be made by a petition signed by ten or more members with voting rights. The petition shall be sent to the chairperson of the Nominating Committee along with a written consent of the nominees at least sixty days before the voting deadline.

Section 3

All nominees should send a written consent to the chairperson of the Nominating Committee to accept the nomination and agree to abide by the Association’s Constitution and Bylaws.

Section 4

The election of the Board of Directors and other elected officers as specified in Article VI, Section 1 of the Constitution shall be by ballot. The nominee who receives the largest number of votes for any office shall be elected. In case of a tie vote, the successful candidate shall be determined by lot. Rules for conducting such elections shall be prescribed by the Board, and the ballots cast shall be canvassed by the executive director and a committee appointed by the president.

Section 5

When necessary, with the approval of the Board, an election may be conducted by mail or electronic vote in accordance with the provision in Article VIII of the Bylaws.

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