Article VI: Requirements to Vote & Hold Elected Office

Section 1. Eligibility to Vote

               

a) Individual Members 13 years of age or older as of March 31 of an election year and who have been members of the Association for at least one year as of that date shall be entitled to vote in any Association election.

               

b) A Club that is a  member of the Association shall be entitled to have one vote.

 

Section 2. Eligibility to Hold Elected Office

               

a) Members 18 years of age or older as of March 31 of the election year and who have been a member of the Association for at least three consecutive years as of that date shall be eligible to hold elected office.

               

b) Honorary Members shall not be eligible to hold elected office unless they were Regular Members or Life Members of the Association at the time Honorary membership was conferred upon them.

               

c) Associate Members, Club Members and Organizational Members shall not be eligible to hold elected office.

               

d) No member shall be eligible to serve as President or Vice President unless he or she shall have first been elected and served at least one term as Governor, or will have served one term as a Governor when sworn in as President or Vice President. The requirement of one term as Governor shall be met if the candidate has served 18 months or more of a term as Governor or will have served 18 months or more of a term as a Governor by the date he or she is to be sworn in as President or Vice President.

               

e) Any person who has served 18 months or more of a term as President cannot be a candidate for the office of President or Vice President, but may be a candidate for Governor in any subsequent election, subject to the term limits stipulated in the following subsection (g)(i) or (g)(ii).

               

f) Any person who has served a term of 18 months or more as Vice President cannot be a candidate for the office of Vice President, but may be a candidate for President or Governor in any subsequent election, subject to the term limits stipulated in the following subsections (g)(i) or (g)(ii).

               

g) Term Limits:                 

  • i) No person shall be eligible for elected office, in any capacity, who has previously served as a member of the Board of Governors (including service as President and/or Vice President) for five consecutive or non-consecutive two-year terms or for an equivalent period of service on the Board.
  • ii) Total service on the Board is limited to five terms, but in no circumstance is it to be more than 12 years.
  • iii) Service of more than one year of a term as an Elected Official shall count as a "full term" for the purpose of determining whether the restrictions of Subsections (g)(i) or (g)(ii) are applicable.

               

h) No present or former employee of the Association shall be eligible for nomination as a candidate for the office of President, Vice President or Governor of the Association during the term of his or her employment or during the first election occurring after the voluntary or involuntary termination of his or her employment.