Conducts annual elections for SCA Board member positions.
The Election Committee conducts annual elections for offices vacant in a given year. Alice Sturgis’s The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure gives detailed instructions for the election process. These should serve as a guide to be followed as closely as possible. The election procedure, terms of office, and general duties of the Board are described in Bylaws IV.
The selection procedure and term of office are described in Bylaws IV.5
- Obtains from the Nominating Committee the slate of candidates and biographical information regarding the candidates.
- Makes ballots available to the membership and announces that the election is open via an email to the roster of all current members. Makes candidate statements and biographical sketches available to the membership concurrently with ballots.
- On the ballot, the office of President is not listed as an elective position; the Vice President automatically succeeds the President after one year.
- Ballots shall be distributed, and the election opened, no less than forty-five (45) days and no more than ninety (90) days prior to the annual Members Meeting. Completed ballots are to be submitted, and results reported at least fifteen (15) days prior to the annual Members Meeting. (See Bylaws IV.5.)
- The announcement to the membership should instruct that any difficulty in voting must be reported to the Election Committee as soon as possible. The Election Committee is responsible for assuring that all current members can submit one ballot.
- Ballots will be evaluated for their validity by the Election Committee using the guidelines put forth by Sturgis.
- On the date that online balloting opens, the Election Committee chair or the chair’s designee, distributes an email to members announcing that the election is open and voting may commence. The email will also indicate the election closing date
- Questions concerning voting issues will be directed to the Election Committee chair.
- The Election Committee chair, or the chair’s, designee, will submit a brief message indicating that the officer elections are open to the SCA webperson to be posted on the SCA website/homepage. The EC chair will also request that the same message be shared via other appropriate outlets, such as SCA social media channels.
- An announcement, one week before close of election, will be distributed to the membership body via the electronic voting system, the SCA website, and SCA social media channels reminding the voting body that the election will end in one week.
- Counts the ballots and determines new officers and Board members by plurality of votes (Bylaws, IV.5). The ballot count shall be confirmed by the Chair and at least one other committee member to verify the outcome of the election results. A statement of the results shall be sent to the President by the Chair and one other Committee member. The President will inform all candidates of the election results and shall introduce new Board members to the membership at the Annual General Meeting.
- Submits results to the Newsletter editor and to the Membership Chair.
- Forwards ballots in paper form, in a sealed envelope, to the Secretary, who retains
them until January 1st of the following year, at which time they are destroyed.
- Submits a final report of committee activity, including expenditures, to the President
prior to the first Board meeting of the year. A written report of expenditures should
also be sent to the Treasurer.
- Sends non-current records to the Society’s archives.
Calendar: Election and Nomination Committees
August - November
Nominating Committee announces the opening of the Election Slate for nominations
though a submission to the Newsletter and other electronic venues (listservs, web sites,
Nominating Committee convenes to discuss its upcoming duties.
Nominating Committee reviews and updates the nominating form and coordinates with
the Membership Director to distribute the form.
DEADLINE for receipt of nominations. Nominating Committee members begin
contacting potential candidates.
DEADLINE for receipt by the Nominating Committee of candidates’ biographies and
Nominating Committee reports slate of candidates to the Election Committee and to the
Board of Directors and ensures that candidates’ biographies and statements are sent to the
Election Committee Chair.
February – March
Election Committee distributes ballots and candidate biographies and statements to
membership no less than forty-five (45) and no more than ninety (90) days prior to the
annual Members Meeting (Bylaws IV.3).
March – April
Ballots are to be returned and results reported no less than fifteen (15) days prior to the
annual Members Meeting (Bylaws IV.3).
Election Committee notifies the Board of Directors and all candidates of elections results.
April - May
AT THE ANNUAL MEMBERS MEETING:
Elections and Nominating Committees submit their reports orally.
President introduces recently elected Board members and Nominating Committee
Election Committee Chair sends election results to Newsletter and to the SCA web
manager for inclusion on the SCA web site
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