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36th International Convention - Anaheim, CA (2004)

An Amendment Concerning Vacancies in the Office of the International Secretary-Treasurer

Amendment No. 1
36th International Convention
June 21 - 25, 2004
Anaheim, CA


That the International Union Constitution, Article VIII, Section 12 is amended as follows:

Section 12. If a vacancy occurs in the office of International Secretary-Treasurer, the International President shall call the International Executive Board into special session as quickly as possible and in no event later than the fifteenth day after the vacancy occurs. Nominations may be made by any member of the International Executive Board. To be eligible for election as International Secretary-Treasurer, a nominee must have been a member in the Federation for at least five years continuously at the time of the election. Following nominations, the members of the International Executive Board shall then proceed to vote, by secret ballot, as follows:

  1. Each International Vice President shall be entitled to cast a number of votes equal to the number of votes to which all properly seated delegates from the Legislative District represented by the International Vice President were entitled at the most recent regular biennial convention. In any case where more than one International Vice President represents a single Legislative District, the votes to which such Legislative District is entitled shall be divided equally among such International Vice Presidents, with any fraction to be counted as a full vote. 
  2. The International President shall be entitled to cast a number of votes equal to the highest number which any International Vice President is entitled to cast.

A majority of the total votes cast shall be required to fill the vacancy. If no candidate receives a majority, a second ballot shall be prepared which shall contain only the names of the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes on the first ballot and a run-off election shall be held.

If the vacancy occurs within fifteen days prior to the opening of a regular biennial convention at which elections are scheduled to be held, the International Executive Board shall leave the vacancy unfilled. An International Secretary-Treasurer elected to fill a vacancy pursuant to this Section shall serve only until the installation of a successor at the conclusion of the next regular biennial convention following the occurrence of the vacancy. The delegates to the next regular biennial convention following the occurrence of the vacancy shall elect the International Secretary-Treasurer for the remainder of the unexpired term, or for the full term pursuant to Article IV, Section 26.


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