CEA Board of Directors pass Proposed Electronic Voting Amendment, the General Membership votes next.

10/14/15

Motion to amend the By-Laws

Article XIII Rules of Order/The Amendment Process

Current Language, Section 2

  1. “If the proposed amendment is passed by the Board of Directors, the President shall propose a date on which the membership can vote on the proposed amendment.”
  2. “Notices of the meeting to vote on the proposed amendment shall be sent to members at lease (5) five school days in advance of the meeting. Copies of the proposed amendment(s) shall be available prior to the meeting.”

Proposed Language, section 2

  1. “If the proposed amendment is passed by the Board of Directors, the President shall propose a date on which the membership can vote electronically on the proposed amendment.”
  2. “Notices of the online meeting to vote on the proposed amendment shall be sent to members at lease (5) five school days in advance of the meeting vote. Copies of the proposed amendment(s) with both supporting and dissenting arguments shall be included with the electronic ballot and available prior to the meeting.”
    1. No later than (10) ten days prior to the vote, the President shall call a meeting, the purpose of which shall be, to discuss the proposed amendment(s).
    2. The President shall appoint a volunteer from the supporting and opposing side of the issue who, at the meeting’s conclusion, will be given an opportunity to write their side’s main argument for or against the proposed amendment.
    3. Both the “for” and “against” written arguments shall accompany the electronic ballot on the proposed amendment(s).

Financial Impact

 http://electionbuddy.com  Voters per election: 1000 @ $99.00

Explanation:

The electronic voting by-law will enable more participation in the democratic union decision making process.

With an open meeting before the vote, no one will be denied the opportunity to express their opinion before the members.  All electronic voters will have before them, when they cast their electronic ballot, a written argument in support of and opposed to the motion, thus affording member voters the opportunity to see both sides and make an informed decision.

E voting restores membership rights to all members.

While safeguarding member rights and the integrity of the process, this amendment will enable currently disenfranchised members a chance to participate.  Whether one is a coach, an advisor, a bus monitor, someone who gets off work late, a parent with inflexible child care, or someone out on a sick day, the electronic voting process will restore the right to vote to these people.  For those with sick kids or elderly parents that need help, those who have a dentist or a doctor’s appointment; the electronic voting amendment will acknowledge that there are many legitimate conflicts that make it impossible for all of the membership to be at a certain place at a certain time.

E voting will give equal access to all members.  The existing amendment process requires attendance at a meeting as a requirement to vote.  This limitation discriminates against specific groups of members who, for legitimate reasons, cannot attend, thus disenfranchising them.

The electronic voting amendment will give every dues-paying member a chance to vote in CEA held elections.  By increasing access and making participation possible for all, we will build and sustain a Democratic Union.