ARTICLE IV – OFFICERS AND ELECTIONS
Section 1. Officers
1.1. The local shall elect the following officers bi-annually by May 30th of odd-numbered years.
Vice President for Membership and Organization
Vice President for Political Education and Action
1.2. Officers shall take office by July 1st. The term of office shall be two years.
Section 2. Qualifications, Nominations, and Election of Officers
2.1. Qualifications A candidate must be a member in good standing with at least one year of regular member status to hold office.
2.2. Nominations Nominations for office shall be made during spring term of odd-numbered years from the floor at the regular meeting, or by email or telephone to current officers. Nominees must have given their consent to be nominated. Notice shall be provided to each regular member at least fifteen (15) days prior to the meeting that nominations will be in order. Notice of the right to make nominations and of the election may be combined in one notice.
2.3. Election Elections will be held no later than 30 days after the close of nominations.
2.4. Election shall be conducted by ballot vote of regular members in good standing. Office holders must maintain their regular membership in good standing while in office.
2.5. Conduct of Elections The Secretary, assisted by other members of the Executive Council, shall conduct the election. The ballots and all other records pertaining to the election shall be retained by the Secretary for a period of not less than one year.
2.6. Voting The candidate receiving a plurality of at least forty percent (40%) of the votes cast shall be declared elected. If the plurality of forty percent (40%) is not obtained, a run-off election of the two candidates receiving the most votes shall be held within fifteen days according to the above procedure for ballot distribution and voting. If a regular member is unable to be present to vote during the designated election period and wishes to cast a ballot, the regular member can do so by contacting the WOUFT Secretary to arrange to pick up an absentee ballot and designate a proxy voter who may submit the ballot. Any assigned proxy voter must be a regular member who can be present during the election. Absentee ballots will be numbered, stamped, initialed and only accepted from assigned proxy voters.
2.7. Vacancies Vacancies, including resignations, in any office shall be filled by recommendation of the Executive Council and majority vote of the members present at the meeting during which the vote is held. In the event that the President is incapacitated for any reason, the President will be temporarily succeeded immediately by another officer, according to the following order of succession: Vice President for Membership and Organization, Vice President for Political Education and Action, Secretary, Treasurer, Communications Director, Chair of Collective Bargaining. In the case of permanent incapacitation (e.g., more than 60 days) or leaving the bargaining unit, the Executive Committee will schedule an election for replacement for duration of the term within 30 days of succession.