SLSA Board of Director Elections

Two seats on the SLSA Board of Directors are up for election in September. This notice was sent out to group members on August 12th. Please note the deadline to submit your nomination is today August 18th.

Below are rules about the election process. Contact Flynn Sheridan, or any of the Directors to clarify the election process.

Key dates:
Submitting to run for Directors’ Seat – August 18th
Election Vote – September 1st

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Election Process of SLSA (*adapted from the Constitution of the ISA*)

The SLSA will be governed and managed by an Executive Board comprising of five (5) Directors. Each Director has equal rights and responsibilities. Each Director shall either step down from the Executive Board or apply for election at the end of their term.

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Eligible Voting Membership
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Only competition surfers are eligible to vote for Directors of the Executive Board, under the following rules:

(1) Competition surfers shall have competed in at least one SLSA sanctioned competition during the previous three months (i.e., election period) to be eligible to vote;

(2) Eligible voting members shall have the right to vote on each open director’s seat. If two directors’ seats are open, then each member will have two votes to cast; if three seats are open, then the member will have three votes to cast.

(3) Eligible voting members shall not vote for a candidate more than once, otherwise their complete vote will become invalid and not counted.

(4) Eligible voting members shall send in writing, to all members of the standing board of directors, a notecard (IM’s are not admissible) to cast their candidate votes. [This clause ensures open and fair elections, while preserving voter animinity among the SLSA general body. Directors of the Executive Board are forbiden from discussing voting results with anyone a outside the 5 standing Directors.]

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Election of Directors
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Rules for the Election of Directors of the Executive Board:

(a) The directors shall be elected by majority vote of eligible members and shall hold office for a period of six (6) months:

(1) Elections shall be staggered every 3 months, so that not all of the Directors will run for office at a single election;

(2) The election pattern will be 3, 2, 3… (where three directors’ seats will be open for election, followed by two directors’ seats three months later, then followed by three directors’ seats, etc.);

(3) The top three (or two) candidates elected by majority vote will fill the open directors’ seats. If a tie occurs for the lowest majority count, then a run-off will occur seven (7) days later.
(b) Should a vacancy occur in the membership of the Executive Board between elections, such vacancy shall be filled by resolution of the Executive Board in a unanimous vote, with that Directors’ seat being open for election at the next general election.

(c) In the event that there are no candidates eligible or willing to run for election for a Director’s seat(s), SLSA will dissolve as an association.

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Director Eligibility
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(a) Any individual who is a current member of SLSA is eligible to hold office as a Director of the Executive Board, within the following rule(s):

(1) Not more than two representatives from any one member body (i.e., surf team, vendor, etc.) shall be eligible for election to the Executive Board at any single election. A first come first serve process will be in effect for this election condition.

(b) Individuals shall apply in writing to all members of the standing board of directors (via notecard, IM’s are not admissible) not more than 21 days and not less than 14 days prior to an election
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