Summary

In December 2017, ORMA will be running its elections for the Representative Council. This council will form one of the three primary bodies of ORMA governance.

Virtual affiliates and caucuses will each be able to send a delegate to the Representative Council.

You should hear from your virtual affiliate or caucus soon about how to vote for your representative.

Caucus members who also belong to an affiliate will be allowed to vote for representation in both.

Each Virtual Affiliate and Caucus will elect its own representative to ORMA’s Representative Council.

Detailed rules

Provided the following conditions are met, each virtual affiliate or caucus will determine its own method for electing a member to send to the ORMA Representative Council.

  1. The election must offer each member of the virtual affiliate or caucus an equal vote (no appointments or “superdelegates” or the like).
  2. At minimum, a “member” must be a member of ORMA. Additional qualifications are at the virtual affiliate or caucus’s discretion, but must be clearly specified in advance.
  3. The election must be held in a manner that is accessible to all eligible voters (e.g. in a facility that meets ADA standards); online processes must accommodate members who are visually impaired.
  4. The election must be announced with sufficient advanced notice to make full participation possible.
  5. Members who feel their virtual affiliate or caucus has violated these standards are encouraged to resolve the matter within the virtual affiliate or caucus, but may raise a complaint with the ORMA Elections Committee (orma-elections-committee@googlegroups.com). The Elections Committee will assess the complaint, speak to the virtual affiliate’s or caucus’ leadership, and may request that the virtual affiliate or caucus re-rerun the election as a ranked-choice, instant runoff poll.

Virtual Affiliate and Caucus Election Timeline

  1. By December 1st, 2017, your virtual affiliate or caucus will file its intent to send a representative to the Representative Council.
  2. There is no deadline for virtual affiliate or caucuses to name the member being sent to the Representative Council.  We recommend that caucus elections take place after the Dec 17th geographic affiliate elections, to ensure there is no conflict in representation.
  3. The elected member will be “seated” to the Representative Council as soon as the Elections Committee is notified.

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