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Nominations & Elections

Video - 65 minutes

Nominations & Elections (65 min, released Sept.2000)

One of the most important procedures of an organization is how the members select their officers. We receive more questions about this subject than any other subject. The most common problems that are happening in organizations are:

1. A small group of members use the nominating process to keep their friends in office; or to keep who they think are undesirable out of office.

2. Those counting the ballots don’t know the correct procedure.

3. Those that don’t have a majority vote or are not eligible are elected to office.

4. The members contest elections after it is too late.

With this in mind, Robert McConnell Productions now explains and shows through the medium of video the correct nomination and elections procedures.


There are six ways people can be nominated according to Robert’s Rules of Order our video explains all. It is important for organizations to know that the procedure should be clearly stated in the bylaws of the organization. If the procedure is not explained in the bylaws, then members can vote on what procedure they want to use to nominate and elect their officers. The video shows how to make this kind of motion and vote on it

The most common way to nominate is by a committee. Nominations also are taken from the floor. The video shows both procedures in detail plus it explains duties of the nominating committee.

Another frequent question that people ask about nominations is: "Does a nomination need a second?" Answer: "No it does not." This video shows how nominations from the floor can be made in both small and large assemblies.

By getting this video for your organization, both the members and officers will know the correct procedures for getting the best people to serve in offices. And there won’t be any hurt feelings from those who are not nominated or elected when they understand the principles behind finding the best candidates.


This video shows the two common ways elections take place: by voice vote and by ballot.

Since many organizations take the vote by ballot, we have devoted a great deal of time to specifically explaining how the Tellers should pass out the ballots, collect the ballots, count the ballots, and, finally how to prepare, and give the Tellers’ Report. We have a section about recounting the votes, and 12 other points to be considered during the election process.

This video is a compliment to the chapter on "Nominations and Elections" in our book, Webster’s New World: Robert’s Rules of Order Simplified and Applied. It has new information that is not in the book.

By buying this video for your organization, your members will know when the Tellers’ Report isn’t correct and when they can ask for a recount. There won’t be any doubt as to whether the election is valid. When members know this information there won’t be whispers or rumors after the election that someone wasn’t elected. There also won’t be members clamoring for a recount after the meeting or finding out that it is too late to have a recount. Knowledge is power!

This video is a good investment in protecting the nominations and election process in your organization. Officers change, members change, Tellers committee change, but the procedures don’t. If you buy this video, you will have a training tool forever for your members. Those who know the process will see that it is carried out and all your members will be happy with the end result. This video can also preserve unity in the organization. Where there is a division, the principles taught in this video will help the organization navigate carefully through the nomination and election process that will satisfy both sides.

The video Nominations and Elections is 65 minutes long. It comes with a booklet that has pertinent information about the process. A time code index of the different topics is inlcuded so you can find the information that you need quickly.

Topics in the Video:

The Purpose of Nominations
What to include in the Bylaws about Nominations & Elections
The Motion to Establish the Nominating Process
Nominations by The Chair
Nominations from the Floor
Rules for Nominating from the Floor
The Motion to Close Nominations
Nominations by Committee
Selecting the Nominating Committee
The Work of the Nominating Committee
The Nominating Committee Report
Nominations by Ballot
Nominations by Mail
Nominations by Petition
Majority Vote
When to Take the Vote
Election by Voice Vote
Election by Ballot
Vote by Slated Ballot
Vote by Individual Ballots
Counting and Recording the Vote
Handing out the Ballots
Counting the Votes
Reading the Tellers’ Report
Taking A Recount
Other Points about Elections