Constitution and Bylaws

Proposed Changes to CEC Bylaws

CEC’s Bylaws require that members receive notification of proposed changes to the Bylaws and have the opportunity for comment. The Board of Directors has approved a motion to provide such notification about a proposed change.

The Representative Assembly is responsible for electing, by majority vote through the use of secret ballot, all members of the Nominations Standing Committee (NSC), with the exception of the Immediate Past President and the other two members of the Board of Directors who serve on the NSC (Bylaws Article VI, Section 7.f).

When there is no majority for one candidate for a position, the usual procedure under Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised is to have a second ballot with all of the candidates being on the ballot unless a candidate(s) were to withdraw or the election procedures specify otherwise.

In 2010, a repeat ballot was required for the NSC diverse ethnic and multicultural groups position. In 2011, an additional three repeat ballots were required to elect a candidate to the NSC division position. The time required to conduct these three additional elections extended into 2012, delaying the NSC having a full complement of its members at the onset of the year. A repeat ballot will also be required to fill the diverse ethnic and multicultural groups position this year.

The proposed revision to the Bylaws is to employ modified standard voting when three or more candidates are slated for a position. In the event no candidate receives a majority of the vote, only the two candidates that received the highest number of votes will be included in a re-vote. This allows for more than two candidates to contest a position while avoiding repeat or multiple repeat ballots, which can be time consuming and frustrating for representatives and can impede the work of the NSC.

The proposed change to the bylaws is as follows in red:

        

Bylaws Article VI – Representative Assembly
Section 7. Powers and Duties
Item f.

To elect, by majority vote when two candidates are slated for a position, or by modified standard voting when three or more candidates are slated for a position, through the use of secret ballot, all members of the Nominations Standing Committee, with the exception of the Immediate past President and the other two members of the Board of Directors.

CEC members wishing to comment on the proposed amendment should send comments to president@cec.sped.org, or to the Council for Exceptional Children, 2900 Crystal Drive, Suite 1000, Arlington, VA, 22202, by Feb. 13, 2015.

Read the complete CEC Constitution and Bylaws.