Motion to Modify Election Rules (Reposted)

Posted Feb. 25, 2019, 6:44 p.m. by Rear Admiral Daniel Lerner (Personnel Director) (Daniel Lerner)

Posted by Joshua Ezell in Motion to Modify Election Rules (Reposted)

Posted by Timothy Frogue in Motion to Modify Election Rules (Reposted)
Member by Motion to Modify Election Rules

I, Timothy J. Frogue, a duly approved member of STF, do hereby move this honorable club to modify the rules governing elections as follows:

The current rule states:

If a Vice-Presidential candidate withdraws from the election after the end of the nomination period, but prior to the start of the voting period, and the Election Coordinator decides that there are special circumstances, the Election Coordinator may set a time period for the Presidential candidate to publicly declare an eligible member as his new Vice-Presidential candidate, at which time the Election Coordinator shall re-validate the ticket. Otherwise, the ticket shall remain invalidated. The special time period must end no later than the start of the voting period.

Proposed New Rule:

I propose the new rule read as follows:

If a Vice-Presidential candidate withdraws from the election after the end of the nomination period, but prior to the start of the voting period, and the Election Coordinator decides that there are special circumstances, the Election Coordinator may set a time period for the Presidential candidate to publicly declare an eligible member as his new Vice-Presidential candidate, at which time the Election Coordinator shall re-validate the ticket. Otherwise, the ticket shall remain invalidated. The special time period must end no later than the start of the voting period. Furthermore, if at any time prior to the closing of the primary election, the Presidential candidate of any ticket is disqualified, the vice-president shall be given (at a minimum) five days to either select a new candidate for which to complete his or her run for office or to officially withdraw from said election. If the Vice-Presidential candidate fails to select a new running mate, or to officially withdraw, the ability to do so will end after five days.

Argument:

While I have no intentions on running for club president, I was on the receiving end of this occurring when my running mate was disqualified by the EC and I was not given the ability to decide what I wanted to do. I was not responsible for the actions for the person I ran with and the rules currently allow for the withdraw of a vice-president candidate and for the presidential candidate to be able to choose a new running mate. The same should be true of the vice-president or it is a selective policy that could be perceived as punishment for a non-guilty party.

Therefore, I so move this new rule be considered and voted on according to the rules of our organization.

Respectfully submitted,
Timothy Frogue
Member of STF

(Sorry the first post was hard to read)

I would like to amend that the Vice candidate be moved to the Presidential role of the ticket, if so qualified, and allow them the choice to set a new running mate or be disqualified from there.

-Josh Ezell

Without commenting on the merits of the proposal at this time, can I just raise a timing issue? The election season is literally days away. You are not going to get a meaningful discussion and a bill posted and an appropriate review time for EGO before the election season starts - and it would be wholly inappropriate to amend the LEGOE bylaw mid-election.

This can wait until after the election is over.

Daniel

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