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May 30, 2009

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LinzND04

Given that this "vote by acclamation" happened after the Elections Committee - in an unprecedented decision - disallowed 6 qualified people from being nominated by proxy in opposition to this slate, I cannot offer my congratulations. I wish CA NOW would report the full story in their congratulations.

CA NOW

All qualified California NOW members are automatically nominated for our leadership positions, as specified in our Bylaws. No one was disallowed from being nominated. However, to *accept* a nomination a candidate must either submit their acceptance in writing 60 days in advance of the Conference, or accept the nomination from the floor during the appropriate portion of the Conference.

The Parliamentarian, who is a non-partisan authority on proper procedure, ruled that a nomination could not be accepted by someone not on the floor. The Nominations Committee concurred. Therefore a nomination could not be accepted by proxy.

LinzND04

The Parliamentarian did not make the determination - she upheld the determination made by the Elections Committee.
Please cite the articulated bylaw/operating or elections rule that requires "a candidate must either submit their acceptance in writing 60 days in advance of the Conference, or accept the nomination from the floor during the appropriate portion of the Conference" to accept their nomination.

CA NOW

Article V Officers
Section 2. Nominations of Officers.

(b) It shall be presumed that, for each officer election all eligible members of the organization are automatically nominated sixty days prior to the annual meeting (state conference). Those members who wish to be listed in nominations committee report, required to be circulated to all members thirty days prior to the annual meeting shall confirm their nomination in writing no later than sixty days prior to the annual meeting.

Nominees who do not submit such confirmation may confirm their candidacies by announcement from the floor during the appropriate portion of the annual meeting. Members whose nominations are not confirmed by either method stated herein shall be deemed to have withdrawn.

LinzND04

These were not the agreed upon and posted bylaws of the organization on the Chapter Leadership prior to the Conference. Furthermore, there is precedent for CA NOW Board and Officer positions to have nominations by proxy and to have those nominated by proxy voted into office.

CA NOW

You are misinformed.

These are the Bylaws as they were approved by the membership on April 30, 2006, and they have been posted in exactly this form on the Chapter Leadership area of our website for the past nine months.

While the California NOW Board has accepted nominations by proxy for positions such as committees, and even occasionally to fill a temporarily vacant position on the CA NOW Executive Committee, this process is for positions filled by the Board, not for the regularly scheduled Officer elections. As shown above, the process for regular Officer elections is clearly covered in the Bylaws, and does not allow for a by-proxy acceptance or confirmation of the automatic nomination of eligible candidates.

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