Article VI

ARTICLE VI. Nominations and Elections

Section 1.

NOMINATING COMMITTEE. The chapter Nominating Committee each year shall consist of:

i. a minimum of two Professional members, elected by the chapter’s voting members.

ii. the immediate past chapter president or one member from the chapter board, elected by the chapter board;

iii. where applicable, a representative of each chapter association, elected respectively by the voting members of each association; and

iv. one member elected by the previous year’s Nominating Committee from among its own members, who shall serve as non-voting chair of the Committee for such year only.

v. The chapter’s voting members [shall/shall not] elect one Allied Practitioner or Allied Educator member to serve on the chapter Nominating Committee.

Section 1A.

TERM LIMITS. Nominating Committee required qualifications and term limits are set forth in the Policies

Section 2.

NOMINATIONS. The Nominating Committee shall meet and nominate, by majority vote, candidates for each office as follows:

i. Officers – the Nominating Committee shall nominate one candidate for the offices of President-elect and other officers as determined by the chapter.

ii. Chapter Board of Directors – the Nominating Committee shall select a pool of candidates greater in number than the number of positions to be filled. Chapters may opt to use a single slate election process to elect is Board.

iii. Following Year’s Nominating Committee – the Nominating Committee shall select a pool of candidates greater in number than the number of positions to be filled. Chapters may opt to use a single slate election process to elect its board.

No member shall be a candidate for more than one position on either the national or chapter level, including Nominating Committee, at any one time. No member of the Nominating Committee shall be nominated for office, notwithstanding resignation from the Nominating Committee.

The Nominating Committee must cause its list of nominees to be posted with the chapter Secretary (or person designated by the Board for this purpose) as a matter of public record and must forward a copy of the list, as it will appear on the chapter ballot, to National Headquarters in the manner specified in the Policies.

Additional candidates for any position may be nominated through written petition signed by not less than ten percent of the total of Professional, Allied Practitioner, and Allied Educator members of the chapter in good standing, provided such petition is received by the chapter Secretary (or person designated by the Board for this purpose) no later than thirty (30) days after the names of the candidates submitted by the Nominating Committee have been filed with the Secretary, and provided that such persons are eligable to hold the office for which they are being nominated.

Section 3.

BALLOTING. By the date specified in the Policies, the Official Chapter Ballot, including names of eligible candidates nominated by the Nominating Committee and by petition for each office, and Board position, and for the following year’s Nominating Committee, must be mailed along with an official return envelope to all Professional, Allied Practitioner, and Allied Educator Members in good standing. Industry Partners Members in good standing will receive a ballot pertaining solely to election of Industry Partners Representative to the chapter’s Board.

Chapter members shall complete and return ballots to the Nominating Committee within ten days after mailing. The ballots shall remain unopened until the Nominating Committee meets to count them. Election as a chapter officer shall be deemed complete only if the named candidate is approved by at least fifty-one percent of the ballots cast. The Nominating Committee shall select a new candidate for such open chpater office and resubmit the ballot for membership approval as often as may be requisite until such fifty-one percent membership approval is obtained.

Each position to be filled on the chapter Board and the following year’s Nominating Committee shall be filled by the candidate(s) in each respective category who receive(s) the most votes, filling the first vacancy with the highest vote getter, the second with the second highest, and so forth. In the event of a tie for a final open position, the candidate to be elected shall be determined by a simple game of chance, conducted in the presence of the chairman of the Nominating Committee, or other membership of the Nominating Committee designated by the chairman, and the concerned candidates.