|Conference Nomination and Election Guidelines|
Conference Nomination and Election Guidelines
Elections are to be held at every biennial DSA conference.
Six months prior to a conference, the president will appoint a member to chair the Nomination and Election Committee. This chairperson will solicit three members, and the four will consist of this committee. It is understood that any member of the Nomination and Election Committee will not be eligible to run for office.
The committee will post a call for nominations through New Horizons, at least one newsletter issue before the start of a conference. The committee will also contact the current elected officers to see if they are interested in running for another term.
Two days prior to a conference, the committee will post at the registration desk and conspicuous places, and announce in the first-day conference bulletin, to include the following:
Candidates, if they wish, may print their profiles in second- or third-day bulletins.
The election is considered new business and will take place during the general business meeting.
Candidates for each office will be introduced by the Nomination and Election Committee chairperson at the general business meeting. Each candidate is limited to a three-minute speech. The president may ask for nominations from the floor. Those being nominated must instantly reply with a yes or no. Those who accept nomination must be prepared to introduce themselves and give three-minute speeches. Once nominations are closed, the election immediately proceeds.
The election shall be by ballot by those present at the general business meeting and eligible to vote. A majority vote is necessary to elect. The candidate receiving the largest number of votes (50.1% of the vote) is elected. In the event that no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast for a contested office, voting shall continue without the name of the candidate receiving the fewest votes. Such procedure shall be repeated until one of the candidates receives a majority of the votes.