#02: Recall of Board Members

Taral taral at taral.net
Wed Mar 12 17:27:37 UTC 2003

On Tue, Mar 11, 2003 at 03:33:28PM -0500, David Graham wrote:
> When a member of parliament is recalled by his constituents - some
> jurisdictions allow this - a bi-election is called. I think this is an
> effective method that we can use for recalls, that is to say:

We call it an interim or special election.

> Step 1: n% of membership signs a petition, votes, seconds a motion,
> however we want to do it recalling one or more members of the board.

Usually a petition.

> Step 2: a bi-election is held for the board seat(s) vacated by the recall.
> If the impeached member wishes to contest this election, that board member
> is free to be a candidate. That board member can then make his case (if
> they haven't already on lists and discussions) as part of his campaign
> platform.

This I like.

> The only situation in which counsel is needed is if the rest of the board
> alleges misconduct, such as, for example, the treasurer siphening funds,
> and attempts to internally remove the board member. The membership should
> have the right to overrule an eviction of one of its members by the board.

I suppose another petition to overrule would be useful. Perhaps a
generic petition system should be put into place in the bylaws. It would
allow n% of the membership to put a certain issue to the vote of the
entire membership.

Taral <taral at taral.net>
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