Do I understand you right in as much as you say that there would be one
delegate who present all the individual members' votes for that Branch?
And what about the Branch member who doesn't necessarily agree with their
Branch - would their votes not be "misused"?
And it still doesn't solve the problem with HQ members - all 1300 of them -
they could not vote at all.
What could be done perhaps is to let branches vote on issues prior to the
AGM, and their delegates would then present the voting at the AGM - HQ
members could be delegated a group of volunteers at HQ who would act as
electoral officers who could oversee the counting of votes and elect someone
to present this vote at the AGM.
Again this would create problems - members can belong to several branches -
so there could be a problem of double voting. There would have to be means
of limiting branchmembers (and HQ-members) to only vote once.
Would the branches undertake this work - which would be a tremendous task
giving the geographical layout of some branches.
How would you time such a thing? In order for results not to be leaked from
branch to branch, the voting would have to be done over a set time, I
think - could that be feasible?
I don't have an answer - not an easy one - and one which would not create a
lot of labour, but we have to find a solution, somehow.
----- Original Message -----
From: rtnw18762 <XXX29@xxxxxxxxxx.xx.xx>
Sent: Thursday, November 07, 2002 12:06 PM
Subject: Voting procedures etc
It has been nice to see so many constructive comments about the AGM of the
Society and suggestions about voting etc.
The arrangement whereby Branches have one vote per so many members can lead
to anomalies and I wonder what people think to the possiblity of having one
delegate per Branch and each delegate having a card vote for the number of
Branch members. For example NZ Branch would have about 1100 votes, Toronto
Overseas membership represents more than 50% of the total membership and in
my opinion the voting procedures should reflect this fact