Kevin Snyder


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Between the Lines September 2020 Newsletter

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“How do we pull this off?”

This month I need to dwell on A.B.A.T.E. of PA elections. Neither our COPs or Robert’s Rules take into account pandemics so our election rules put us in a box. We will do the best we can to ensure that fair elections are held by all chapters across the state, but we’re going to have to work together to pull it off.

The Executive Board has been working on how to pull off elections this year. Bottom line is we can’t not have them. Our COPs and Robert’s Rules require them and we forgot to put in provisions for natural disasters, so we have to do the best we can.

Every chapter (and district) is in different circumstances as a result of the pandemic. Some are not holding meetings at all, others are much less affected. For example, my chapter (Blair) meets on private property and is able to hold meetings. There are other chapters who haven’t had a meeting since March because the place they hold it at has been closed the entire time. Everyone has a different set of obstacles to overcome. But at the end of the day, there will be elections held. Our job is to do them as best we can. We want to make sure that (to the maximum extent possible) every member has a chance to vote and that the nominations and elections conform to the COPs.

So, what we (the Executive Board) did was to look at the COPs and Robert's Rules to come up with a list of options for the districts and chapters to work with. The resulting document is reproduced, called the “Guide To Elections In A Pandemic”. It has been sent to all the Chapter Coordinators and District Reps. These are the guidelines we’ll try to go by as we navigate the nominations and elections thicket.

The most important tool that will help us deal with this is communication. If you have any questions or concerns, call Popcorn, Tom, myself, John, or Peggy, and we’ll do the best we can to try and help you figure the solution that works for you chapter or district.