A186 Amend House of Deputies Rule of Order XV

Resolved, the House of Deputies of the 79th General Convention amends XV of the House Rules of Order as follows:

XV. Elections

(A) Nominations

(1) The submission of the Report of the Joint Standing Committee on Nominations to the General Convention of its nominees will automatically nominate those persons for any election to be conducted by the House.

(1)(2) Nominations by aAny two Deputies may nominate additional eligible persons permitted before in any election by to be conducted by the House.

(3) Each nomination is must be submitted in writing to the Secretary, in a form adopted by the Joint Standing Committee on Nominations, to the Secretary,. The Secretary will publish all nominations no later than by the end of the third legislative day.

(4) All Nominations must be submitted by the adjournment of the third legislative day, except that:

(i) Nominations for the office of Vice President of the House must be submitted by the adjournment of the next legislative day after the election of the President of the House of Deputies has been completed. ‘

(35) No nominating speeches will be held for any office or position. In a contested election for President or Vice President of the House, a candidate forum may be held organized by the Secretary to allow the nominees to give a brief speech and Deputies the opportunity to ask questions of the nominees. There are no nominating speeches for any office or position, except for the President and the Vice-President of the House.

  1. Voting Requirements
  1. All elections will be by individual secret ballot, paper or electronic, except where there are no more nominees than open seats, in which case the a voice vote may be by voice held at the discretion of the President.
  2. A majority vote is required to elect unless the Constitution, Canons, or Rules of Order requires a different vote. In any election in which more than one position will be filled from the same pool of nominees, a majority is calculated based upon the number of voters who cast a ballot in that election.
  3. On any ballot prepared by the Secretary, the candidates will be listed in alphabetical order by last name.

2. Balloting Procedures

  1. In all elections in which there are eight or fewer nominees, the following voting procedure will be used if the election has not been completed:
    1. after the third ballot, the nominees will be reduced to two more than the number of vacancies to be filled in the election; and
    2. after the fifth ballot, the nominees will be reduced to one more than the number of vacancies to be filled in the election. After the third ballot there will only be two more nominees than the number of vacancies to be filled on the ballot. After the fifth ballot only one more nominee than the number of vacancies to be filled will be on the ballot.
  2. In all elections in which there are more than eight nominees, the following procedure will be used if the election has not been completed:
    1. aAfter the third ballot, the nominees will be reduced to four more nominees there will be only four more nominees than the number of vacancies to be filled on the ballot in the election; and
    2. After the fifth ballot, the nominees there will be reduced to only one more nominee than the number of vacancies to be filled on the ballot in the election.
  3. In all cases where nominees are to be reduced under these rules, the nominees with the lowest number of votes will be eliminated.
  4. If more nominees receive a majority vote than the number of positions to be elected, those nominees receiving the highest number of votes will be elected.
  5. If there is a tie to either eliminate or elect a nominee, a runoff ballot will be held between the nominees tied.

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