8. NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS
Section 1. Nominations.
a) The Board of Directors shall choose a Nominating Committee of three to five Members, not more than one of whom may be a current member of the Board. Selection of these committee members by the Board should, as best as possible, reflect and represent the broad geographic area of the Club. The Board shall name the Chair of this committee. This committee shall conduct its business by mail and, where appropriate, by e-mail.
b) The committee shall nominate from among the eligible members of the Club not more than one candidate for each Officer and Director. The Chair of the committee shall procure the acceptance of each nominee. Geographical representation shall be considered by the committee but it shall not be bound by such consideration.
c) The committee shall submit its slate of candidates to the Secretary not later than 4 months prior to an election. The Secretary shall notify each voting member (by mail or e-mail) of this list of candidates no later than 3 months prior to the election.
d) Additional nominations may be made by written petition to the Secretary indicating the acceptance of the nominee and the signature of at least two other voting members of the Club. Such petition must be received by the Secretary within 45 days of the election.
e) If no valid additional nominations are received within 45 days of the election the committee’s nominees shall be declared elected and balloting shall not be required.
f) If one or more valid additional nominations are received by the Secretary within the time limit described above a ballot for the contested position(s) shall be mailed to each voting member no later than 30 days prior to the election.
Section 2. Elections.
a) Ballots shall be counted at a time and place approved by a majority vote of the nominating committee.
b) The candidate receiving the most votes shall be declared elected. In the case of a tie vote, a vote of the Board of Directors shall determine the winner.