Proposing Someone for Office

Election time is nearing. It's time to nominate officers. Some of the current officers may want to continue in their positions. How do you feel about this? What kind of feeling are you getting from other members? Does the membership want to continue with the current leaders? With all of them? Some of them? None of them? Perhaps it's time for a change. And you…will you be part of it? Are you the presiding officer? An officer of any sort? Do you want to be?

The Process

How does your group or organization accept nominations? Conduct elections? Do you know? If you've been in your group for a long time, you might be familiar with the process — but not necessarily. It's always best to take a look at your bylaws before the nomination process begins.

Robert's Rules recognize that nominations propose that a person be elected to a particular office. Although many people think of the election itself as the venue of choice, the fact is that the nominating process is where the real choice is made for an office. Think about it: Once you're at the election step, you have a limited number of members from which to choose. In the nominating process, the field is wide open.

ESSENTIAL

A nominating committee shouldn't be composed of yes-men, members who do anything the current presiding officer wants them to do. Otherwise, the membership will feel betrayed that nominations are being manipulated to suit the current presiding officer.

Do We Need Nominations?

There's no reason for nominations if the same officers who currently serve want to continue and the members want that, too. There's no reason for change if the membership feels that things are running well. Nominations also aren't needed if your group's elections are by ballot or roll call, since members can vote for any member in these processes.

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