NARFE/MD NEW VOTING PROCESS
One Member – One Vote (OMOV) Starts in 2019
The approval of the Federation Bylaws changes at the 2017 MD Federation Mini-Convention was the end of delegate voting for transacting the business of the MD Federation. One Member – One Vote provides each member of the MD Federation and National Only members who live in Maryland the opportunity to cast a ballot for election of officers, bylaws changes and resolutions.
To implement this change, 2019 voting will be done by paper ballot. For all MD Federation members and National Only members who have email, the ballot will be sent to you by email for you to print, fill out, stamp and return by postal mail, based on instructions on the ballot.
For the MD Federation members and National Only members in Maryland who do not have an email address, you will need to request a paper ballot be sent to you for voting. To request your ballot, please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Maria Ray, Ballot Coordinator, P.O. Box 47097, Windsor Mill, MD 21244.
For all voters: In order for your vote to count, you must sign the ballot and provide your NARFE member ID number. These ballots must be returned in a timely manner and postmarked no later than April 15, 2019 for your vote to count. Detailed instructions will be included in the ballot you receive.
If you have any proposals for amendments to the Maryland Federation Bylaws or proposed Resolutions for Federation members to consider and vote on, send them in to the Bylaws/Resolutions Committee Co-Chair John Stackpole at firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline of Feb. 1, 2019.
If you have any nominations for officers of the Maryland Federation, send them in to Nominating Committee Chair Larry Walton, email@example.com by the deadline of Feb. 15. 2019.
A formal call for both Nominations and Bylaws/Resolutions is included below.
The slate of candidates, proposed bylaw changes and resolutions will be available by March 1, 2019 and will be included in the final version of the ballot by March 5, 2019. The final ballot will be provided to the Ballot and Teller Committee. Next, the slate of candidates, proposed bylaw changes and resolutions will be published by March 22, 2019 in the Maryland Federation Spring Newsletter and Emailed through the NES (NARFE Email System).
The 2019 ballot will be printed and mailed by March 25, 2019 to those members without email addresses who have sent a self-addressed, stamped envelope and requested a ballot for voting. On the same date, a ballot will be emailed to members who have an email address. Those members are requested to print the ballot, fill it out, sign it and return it as directed. To vote, you must mark your ballot, affix a postage stamp to the self-addressed ballot, and mail it on or before April 15, 2019.
The Ballot and Teller Committee will receive and count the ballots in time for the Federation President and Ballot and Teller Committee Chair to jointly announce the results by May 1, 2019. The new Federation Officers will be installed at the Biennial Conference on May 6. Full coverage of our first federation-wide ballot voting will be included in the 2019 Fall Newsletter.
TIMELINE FOR 2019 OMOV ELECTION PROCESS FOR MARYLAND FEDERATION
Dec. 10, 2018 Reminder of Bylaws/Resolutions Deadline in Winter Newsletter plus Email through NARFE Email System (NES)
Dec. 10, 2018 Call for Nominations for Elected Office in Winter Newsletter
Dec. 15, 2018 Federation Announcement of Election Process Due for narfe magazine
Feb. 1, 2019 Bylaws/Resolutions Due Directly to Resolutions Committee Chair John Stackpole
Feb. 5, 2019 Draft Budget Approved at Board Meeting
Feb. 10, 2019 Bylaws/Resolutions to Committee Members
Feb. 15, 2019 Officer Nominations to Nominations Committee Chair Larry Walton
Feb. 20, 2019 Bylaws/Resolutions Committee Comments Due
March 1, 2019 Bylaws/Resolutions/Nominations to Editor and Ballot & Teller Chair
March 5, 2019 Ballot Creation Date – Final Version
March 22, 2019 Bylaws/Resolutions and Candidate Statement in Spring Newsletter plus by Email through NES
March 25, 2019 Paper Ballots Sent by Postal Mail and Electronically by Email through NES
March 26, 2019 Voting Begins
April 15, 2019 Voting Ends / Ballots Due Back
April 30, 2019 Ballot Counting by Ballot and Teller Committee
May 3, 2019 Voting Results Announced
May 6, 2019 New Officers Installed at Biennial Conference in Ocean City
Aug. 16, 2019 Voting Results Covered in Federation Fall Newsletter
Formal Call for Nominations for Maryland Federation Officers
Larry Walton, Nominations Committee Chair
Maryland Federation officers to serve two-year terms will be part of the Maryland Federation’s One Member – One Vote (OMOV) Voting Process in 2019. The Nominating Committee needs the help of all chapters and members in fielding candidates for the offices of Federation President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.
If you have any nominations for officers of the Maryland Federation, send them to Nominating Committee Chair Larry Walton at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 8 Martinique Circle, Berlin, MD 21811-1703 by the deadline of Feb. 15, 2019. Contact Nominating Chair Larry Walton for a Nomination Form.
All Candidates running for office will be listed on the 2019 voting ballot. Voters may write in a candidate on the ballot.
Other members of the Nominating Committee are: Antoinette Jeffries, Chapter 2262 Upper Marlboro; Virginia Bender, Chapter 2274 Ocean Area; and Melinda Scott, Chapter 1747 Greater Bowie Crofton.
Formal Call for Proposals for Bylaws Amendments and Resolutions
John Stackpole and Saj Durrani, Co-Chairs, Bylaws/Resolutions Committee
Proposed Bylaws Amendments and Resolutions will be part of the new Maryland Federation One Member – One Vote (OMOV) Voting Process starting in 2019. The Bylaws/Resolutions Committee needs the help of all chapters/members in submitting proposals for Bylaws Amendments and Resolutions, which will be listed on the voting ballot for adoption or rejection.
If you have proposals for amendments to the Maryland Federation Bylaws or proposed Resolutions for Federation members to consider and vote on, send them in directly by the deadline of February 1, 2019 to Bylaws/Resolutions Committee Co-Chair John Stackpole at email@example.com, or 401 Epworth Court, #524, Solomons, MD 20688-3034.
Contact John Stackpole if you need the appropriate format for Bylaws/Resolutions proposals.
Besides the Co-Chairs, other members of the Bylaws/Resolutions Committee are: Barbara Cuffie, Chapter 1936 Northwest Baltimore Metro; Charles Harrison, Chapter 2306 Carroll County/Westminster; Larry Lange, Chapter 258 Western Montgomery County; Sarah Richards, Chapter 1892 Aspen Hill; and Stuart Sklamm, Chapter 1888 White Oak. The Maryland Federation Executive Committee members are also members of the Bylaws/Resolutions Committee.