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How to Run an Election - FGS Wiki

How to Run an Election


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=How to Run an Election=
 
 
by [[Carter, Fran|Fran Carter]]
 
 
 
==Introduction==  
 
==Introduction==  
  
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Voting is the right and privilege of every current member in good standing. Members who reside in various parts of the country should be given the same right and privilege to vote as those who attend an annual meeting.  
 
Voting is the right and privilege of every current member in good standing. Members who reside in various parts of the country should be given the same right and privilege to vote as those who attend an annual meeting.  
  
Voting may be accomplished by voice or by written ballot. If the vote is taken by voice, members unable to attend should have another option. If more than one candidate is proposed for an office, the voting process should always be in writing. The by-laws should provide for such action.  
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Voting may be accomplished by voice, by written ballot, or by electronic voting. If the vote is taken by voice, members unable to attend should have another option. If more than one candidate is proposed for an office, the voting process should always be in writing. Alternatively, electronic balloting can be accomplished using any of a number of free or inexpensive software options, available from the Internet. The by-laws should provide for such action.  
  
If officers are to be elected by a majority vote, the organization's by-laws should define “majority” as meaning either more than half, or a two-thirds vote.  
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If officers are to be elected by a majority vote, the organization's by-laws should define “majority” as meaning either more than half, or a two-thirds vote.
  
 
==Ballots==  
 
==Ballots==  
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The inclusion of candidate biographies along with the ballot is appreciated by members, particularly those who are out of state. These biographies should emphasize the qualifications most suited to the office sought, be brief and pointed, and each should be approximately the same length. It is good practice to let the candidate review their biography before printing and distributing.
 
The inclusion of candidate biographies along with the ballot is appreciated by members, particularly those who are out of state. These biographies should emphasize the qualifications most suited to the office sought, be brief and pointed, and each should be approximately the same length. It is good practice to let the candidate review their biography before printing and distributing.
  
==Return of Ballott==  
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==Return of Ballot==  
  
 
Instructions may require the ballot to be placed in a sealed “blind” envelope (one having no markings). The “Blind” envelope goes into a return envelope prepared by the organization. This return, or “ballot” envelope, should be addressed to the society with a bold entry, “BALLOT.” Space is provided for the voter’s name and return address to verify membership.  
 
Instructions may require the ballot to be placed in a sealed “blind” envelope (one having no markings). The “Blind” envelope goes into a return envelope prepared by the organization. This return, or “ballot” envelope, should be addressed to the society with a bold entry, “BALLOT.” Space is provided for the voter’s name and return address to verify membership.  
  
Marking a return envelope “Ballot” insures that returns come from only those eligible to vote.  
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Marking a return envelope “Ballot” insures that returns come from only those eligible to vote.
  
 
==Cost Savers==  
 
==Cost Savers==  

Latest revision as of 07:39, 30 August 2013

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