Fall: Absentee Ballot
Many leagues will be holding their Annual Meetings in the coming weeks. A thorny issue in any election is the use of proxy voting, or absentee voting (two separate issues).
Because proxy voting is no longer recommended, the accepted practice is now absentee voting. If properly supervised, absentee voting affords far less chance of the election being “rigged.” (Model Constitution, Article V, Section 5.)
At a well-run Little League, the absentee ballot is only distributed when requested by a Member. It must be obtained IN PERSON from the league secretary, in a sealed envelope. The ballot itself lists plenty of blank spaces for the number of candidates for the board of directors likely to be elected, according to the number listed in the local league constitution. The minimum is seven. There is no maximum, but care must be taken to avoid having so many members of the board of directors that it becomes difficult to have a quorum. (Model Constitution, Article V, Section 6 b.)
The voters list their chosen candidates in order of preference. There is no requirement to fill in all spaces on the ballot. Ballots are returned, in a sealed envelope, to the secretary, by the Member, in person. A sample absentee ballot is included in the free publication, “A Year in the Life of Hometown Little League”.
A database of all of these Operations Tips can be found here: http://www.littleleague.org/leagueofficers/Tips_Successful_League/2010-2011.htm
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