Voting/board membership Re: [AUUG-Talk]: Re: Don't close AUUG down!

Adrian Close adrian at
Tue Dec 11 14:14:42 EST 2007

On Tue, 11 Dec 2007, David Newall wrote:

> I don't see any requirement for Officers or Committee Members (to use the 
> prescribed terms) to be *voting* members.  True, Associates can't vote at 
> General meetings, but I think they can sit on the Committee.


Rule 21.2 (original constitution, now renumbered, but unchanged):

"Nominations for each position shall be received by the Secretary up until 
the fourteenth day of April each year. Each nomination must be in writing, 
must name the position or positions sought, must be signed by at least 
three voting members, and must be countersigned by the nominated member 
who must be a financial voting member of the AUUG."

Rule 8 used to say:

"All members whose membership is current shall be entitled to cast a vote."

... but was changed to read:

"All ordinary, institutional, student and honorary life members whose 
membership is current shall be entitled to cast a vote."

... which does _not_ include associate members.

> Sorry to press the point: Were those changes actually sent in a postal 
> ballot?  The 2005 Returning Officer would be the person to confirm this.

I'm sure we did this (I do seem to recall it being part of the 2005 
election process, as Kevin says) but I'll hunt up some official 

Regardless, under both the new and old constitutions, associate members 
either can't vote or simply don't exist.

Adrian Close <adrian at>
President, AUUG Inc.
pstn: +61 417 346 094

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