Voting on the chapter bylaws for the Greater Charlotte chapter opens Monday. We’re using SurveyMonkey for online voting, and we’re asking members to validate their vote by including their name and email in their votes. The vote is a simple up or down, with room for comments.
(If you’re comfortable with the bylaws and want to go ahead and vote, go here. It’s not pretty, but it’s free.)
Only steering committee members will have access to your vote on the bylaws. Those same bylaws stipulate that voting for officers will be conducted by secret ballot. We’re working on a technical way for that to be done online before officers’ elections are held. Voting on officers also can be done by snail mail, the bylaws say, and we’ll make sure we make provisions for people who feel more comfortable with that method.
Members should also be receiving an email blast with specifics; if you’re not receiving that email, and your national dues are paid up, please let us know by emailing CharlotteSPJ@gmail.com.
We’ve spelled out the election process with a calendar as well in the email, and duplicated it here.
Questions? Let us know. The next meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. April 7 at Sir Edmund Halley’s at the Park Road Shopping Center. People usually stick around at those Thursday meetings until at least 9 p.m.
By March 28: Opening of voting on bylaws.
By April 4: Closing of voting on bylaws.
By April 8: The Nominating Committee shall forward to the Steering Committee a slate of qualified candidates for president, vice president, secretary and treasurer for consideration by chapter officers. Required by bylaws to be 45 days before voting opens.
April 7: Charlotte SPJ night meeting at Sir Edmond Halley’s at the Park Road Shopping Center.
April 8-9: SPJ Region 2 Spring Conference in Norfolk, Va.,
By April 15: Candidates must provide qualifications and biographies provided to the steering committee: one or two paragraphs maximum; links to longer biographies online are permissible.
April 16: Charlotte SPJ brunch meeting at Soul Gastrolounge, 1500 1/2 Central Ave., in Plaza-Midwood.
By April 22: Candidates’ names chosen by the nominating committee will be published. Required by bylaws to be 30 days before voting opens.
May 5: Charlotte SPJ night meeting at Sir Edmond Halley’s at the Park Road Shopping Center.
By May 9: Deadline for nominations to the steering committee or nominating committee for alternative candidates, nominated by any member in good standing, for folks not included in the original proposed slate. Required by proposed bylaws to be 14 days before voting opens.
By May 13: Publishing of any alternative candidates’ names, if they are in good standing. Required by proposed bylaws to be 10 days before voting opens.
May 21: Charlotte SPJ brunch meeting at Soul Gastrolounge, 1500 1/2 Central Ave., in Plaza-Midwood.
By May 23: Voting opens for two business weeks.
June 2: Charlotte SPJ night meeting at Sir Edmond Halley’s at the Park Road Shopping Center.
By June 6: Voting closes. A committee is appointed to count ballots. That committee reports back to the steering committee, which announces results, before the end of June. Required by proposed bylaws.