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Voting and Eligibility

posted Jan 21, 2010, 1:05 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 21, 2010, 1:22 PM ]

Frequently Asked Questions



What Business can be conducted at a special meeting?


“The call for each special meeting shall specify the purpose for which it is to be held and no other business shall be transacted.”  Constitution C10.02.




Is it possible to vote by absentee ballot or by proxy?


“Voting by proxy or by absentee ballot shall not be permitted.”  Constitution C10.05.




Who is allowed to vote?


“Voting members are confirmed members.  Such confirmed members, during the current or preceding calendar year, shall have communed in this congregation and shall have made a contribution of record to this congregation.”  Constitution C8.02.c.


“Associate members are persons holding membership in other Christian congregations who wish to retain such membership but desire to participate in the life and mission of this congregation, or persons who wish to retain a relationship with this congregation while being members of other congregations.  They have all the privileges and duties of membership except voting rights and eligibility for elected office or membership on the Council of Elders of this congregation.”  Constitution C8.02.d.



Gayle Bidne, our Business Manager, provides this additional clarification:


Since this meeting is being held in 2010, only those who have made contributions and communed during 2009 and 2010 will be eligible to vote.  Contributions and participation Communion are recorded during the week following a given Sunday’s worship services.  Therefore, those who have made a contribution and communed prior to and including January 24, 2010, (or at any time during 2009) will be eligible to vote.