Proposed Amendment: Voting at Convention

 

By Parliamentary Team

 

The following sets forth proposed text for an amendment to the PCB Bylaws to address an expressed wish to have the Bylaws reflect how we do things regarding voting at conventions.

 

CURRENT TEXT:

PCB Bylaws, Art. VII, Section 2. Voting

 

Official delegates shall be authorized to vote on behalf of chapters and special interest affiliates at annual conventions of the Pennsylvania Council of the Blind. Each Chapter and each special interest affiliate shall be represented by two (2) delegates. In addition, each member of a chapter or special interest affiliate who is present at the Convention is entitled to one (1) vote, provided he/she has paid membership dues in accordance with these Bylaws on record with the PCB Office for a minimum of thirty (30) days. This popular vote count shall be added to the delegate vote count and shall constitute the total vote for or against any issue. Any business brought before the Convention shall be decided by a majority vote except as otherwise stated in these Bylaws.

 

PROPOSED TEXT:

PCB Bylaws, Art. VII, Section 2. Voting

 

Each peer-at-large and each peer in a chapter or special interest affiliate who is present at the Convention is entitled to one (1) vote, provided he/she has paid membership dues in accordance with these Bylaws on record with the PCB Office for a minimum of thirty (30) days.

 

For any voting issue that comes before the convention, a popular vote of all peers in chapters and special interest affiliates, as well as all peers-at-large, present and accounted for, shall be taken and a count be tabulated, and said tabulation shall constitute the total popular vote for or against any issue. Any business brought before the Convention shall be decided by a majority vote except as otherwise stated in these Bylaws.

 

Should the final tabulation of the popular vote end in a tie, then official delegates, representing chapters and special affiliates, shall vote to break the tie.

 

Official delegates shall be authorized to vote on behalf of chapters and special interest affiliates at annual conventions of the Pennsylvania Council of the Blind. Each Chapter and each special interest affiliate shall be represented by two (2) delegate votes.

 

A chapter or special interest affiliate who has only one (1) delegate at the business meeting may have that delegate cast both of the chapter’s or special interest affiliate’s votes.

 

A chapter or special interest affiliate whose delegates fail to attend the business meeting, may, after caucus of all members present, present the name of a member who shall serve as the delegate of that chapter or special interest affiliate and who shall then cast the two (2) delegate votes on behalf of that chapter or special interest affiliate.

 

Should the caucus of chapter or special interest affiliate members fail to agree on one (1) delegate, they may present two members who shall serve as delegates and each delegate shall cast one (1) delegate vote.

 

Should the delegate vote end in a tie, the motion fails.

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