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After an annual meeting, our by-laws say we must elect the officers for the next year. If after this election a president is not elected (tie vote), does the past president stay as the society's president until a new president is voted in?

Greetings Peter,
The members should keep voting until a President is elected. Look at your bylaws to see what they say. If it states that the president serves until a successor is elected then he stays until there is an election. If they do not say that, then he can not stay in that position. Whenever there is a tie vote for an office, the rule is keep voting. Someone will change his mind and vote on the other side, or one of the nominees will withdraw his or her name. So hang in there and follow the right procedure and someone will be elected president.

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Question submitted by Peter on May 15, 2014