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Hi Little Ben,

What do you do when nobody will run for president ?

Dear Michael,

Call Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush? Or send out a letter to Congress? I am sure they will help you. Sorry I could not resist that one. Many organizations are having the same problem. So here is where your bylaws come to the rescue. Do they state that the president serves "or until a successor is elected?" If they do, then that person must stay until someone gets elected. If the person absolutely refuses or the bylaws do not provide for that provision then you have a problem. If the office is vacant then the Vice President fills the vacancy and the members elect a Vice President. I have also seen this happen at a meeting. The nominating committee presents the nominations and leaves an office vacant. Then the president takes nominations from the floor and someone is nominated. If you have your election and still have no president, then write me back and we will take it from there.

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Question submitted by Michael on January 22, 2015