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Under the Constitution, there must be a democratically elected Election Committee to conduct all elections for Executive Officers, National Convention, Regional and Canadian Council delegates. It is often desirable for the larger Local Unions to have a Standing Election Committee which will conduct all elections which an Election Committee must constitutionally conduct, and often certain other elections during the period of the Committee’s tenure which under Article 15 Section B Paragraph 4 of the Constitution, would be synonymous with the three-year terms of the elected officers.

This article of the By-Laws should contain provisions setting forth when and how a Standing Election Committee will be elected. These should ordinarily provide for the election of the Election Committee at a meeting shortly preceding or at the meeting at which the nominations for Local Union Executive Officers takes place.

If a Local for particular reasons desires to have Special Election Committees elected to conduct each election, the By-Laws as an alternative should provide how and when such Special Election Committees will be elected.

This article is also an appropriate place for the Local Union to establish its nomination procedure. Ordinarily, this will be the same for all elective offices with, of course, varying time limits. There are two permissible methods of nominating:

(a) Nomination by a member at a meeting with the nominee being under an obligation to accept within a specified number of days upon being notified, the nominated member automatically being considered as declining if he fails to so accept within the time limits.

(b) Provisions that all eligible members shall be automatically nominated for each office for which they are eligible if they accept the nomination in writing within a certain number of days of the notices of automatic nomination being posted.

Insofar as specific rules for the conduct of nominations and elections are concerned, they are set forth in the Policy Regarding Local Union Elections as referenced in Article 15 Section B Paragraph 5 of the Constitution. A Local Union may wish to take some of these suggestions as basic policy and establish them in their By-Laws. By and large, however, it is sufficient for the Membership, Executive Board or Election Committee conducting the election to adopt the Election Guide with such permissible additions or changes as they may desire as the rules governing the conduct of the election. (Care should be taken to specify the alternative desired where the Election Guide mentions two or more alternative methods in any area.) This matter is largely left to the discretion of the Local Union since either practice, or combination of both, is satisfactory.

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