New Election Bylaw

  • Stephen 

A new bylaw regarding how we nominate and elect officers has been approved by the GM-Council.

The bylaw reads:

Scheduling

  • Annual elections for Officers will begin with the nomination period beginning on 1 NOVEMBER and continuing until 30 NOVEMBER.
  • The voting period for the annual officer elections shall take place 1 DECEMBER to 7 DECEMBER.
  • Elections for positions that become vacant shall be scheduled by the Chairman or designee so the needs of the fleet may be met.

Nominations

  • Any Game Master or member meeting the requirements for an officer position may be nominated by a member of the GM Council.
  • Nominations must be accepted by the member nominated prior to the start of voting or will not be placed on the ballot.
  • Members may accept nomination for as many positions that they are nominated for.

Voting

  • If there is only a single member nominated for a position the nomination shall be considered unanimous and a single ballot shall be cast by the Vice Chairman for that member.
  • If there are multiple members nominated for a position then Rank Choice Voting (RCV) shall be used.
    • 1. Voters rank the candidates for a given office by preference on their ballots.
    • 2. If a candidate wins an outright majority of first-preference votes (i.e., 50 percent plus one), he or she will be declared the winner.
    • 3. If, on the other hand, no candidates win an outright majority of first-preference votes, the candidate with the fewest first-preference votes is eliminated.
    • 4. All first-preference votes for the failed candidate are eliminated, lifting the second-preference choices indicated on those ballots.
    • 5. A new tally is conducted to determine whether any candidate has won an outright majority of the adjusted voters.
    • 6. The process is repeated until a candidate wins a majority of votes cast.

The following link shall be used as official reference: https://ballotpedia.org/Ranked-choice_voting_%28RCV%29