PROCEEDINGS OF THE 1999 USCF BOARD OF DELEGATES MEETING
RENO, NEVADA AUGUST 14 AND 15, 1999
Bylaw changes recommended by the OMOV Committee
The OMOV Committee proposes the following changes to the new Bylaws: FAILED 36-45-1
Article IV: Voting Members
Section 1. Responsibility. The Voting Members are responsible for electing the Executive Board, and the Delegates and Alternate Delegates that represent their state. An insert containing nominees and voting instructions shall be inserted in an appropriate issue of Chess Life.
Article V Section 9. Deleted
Article VI: Executive Board
Section 4. Nomination. Any USCF member shall be eligible for nomination to the Executive Board upon submitting to the Secretary both of the following by January 15 of an election year:
1. A valid petition containing the signatures of thirty or more Voting Members.
2. A filing fee of $250 made payable to USCF.
No full-time employee of the USCF is eligible to serve on the Executive Board. The Secretary shall have advertised a call for nominations in the issue of Chess Life published no later than November 20th of the year prior to an election year and shall publish a list of all duly-submitted nominations in the issue published not later than April 20th of an election year.
Section 5. Delete and Replace with: Election. Executive Board members shall be elected by the voting members. Ballots for that purpose shall be included in an issue of Chess Life to be mailed prior to June 10 with ballots to be returned no later than July 20 of a year in which there is an election so that the ballots can be counted no later than August 1. Ballots shall be authenticated by use of official mailing labels provided with the ballots. The ballot shall list all duly submitted nominations. Each voting member may vote for as many persons as there are Executive Board positions to be filled. The persons receiving the largest vote totals shall be elected to the available Executive Board positions. The ballots shall be returned by mail to an independent agency and counted by an independent agency or by the Secretary or his or her designee and by tellers appointed by the Executive Board prior to the Annual Meeting of the Board of Delegates. Ties, if any, shall be broken by a secret ballot vote of the Delegates present in person at that year’s Delegates’ meeting, taken at the time that election results are certified. The election of Executive Board members shall take place in odd numbered years starting in 2001.
Article VI Section 8. Duties.
Secretary. USCF Operations, with the approval of the Secretary, shall engage a stenographic service to attend and record each meeting of the Executive Board. The stenographic service shall be directed to prepare a full official transcript and a summarized official transcript of each Regular and Special Meeting. Members of the Executive Board shall be provided with a copy of the full transcript through the BINFO system, and all Delegates andAlternate Delegates shall be provided with a copy of the summarized transcript in a Executive Board Newsletter distributed by the Secretary not more than six weeks after each Regular Meeting of the Executive Board. Transcripts of Special Meetings may be included with and distributed with the transcript of the next Regular Meeting. The Secretary shall review the summarized transcript of each Executive Board meeting and post the summarized transcript of Executive Board meetings, Membership Meetings, and Annual Meetings on the USCF Internet web page. The Secretary shall act as custodian of the corporate seal, preside over Federation elections, ensure that the annual report is filed with the Secretary of State of the state of Illinois, and perform such other duties as are prescribed by these Bylaws. The Secretary shall officially publish and mail and also post on the USCF Internet web page a summary of the minutes of Membership Meetings, Annual Meetings, and Executive Board meetings. USCF members may purchase a copy of the complete transcript of Executive Board meetings at a reasonable cost.
Article VI Section 10. Removal and Recall. Members of the Executive Board are subject to removal through recall by Petition for Recall.
Petition for Recall. A Petition for Recall bearing the signatures of 300 Voting Members may be filed with the USCF Secretary, except that a Petition to Recall the USCF Secretary shall be filed with the USCF President. A recall election may also be initiated by a vote of 75% or more of the Delegates present and voting at an annual meeting of the Board of Delegates. Upon certification of the petition or initiation of recall by the Board of Delegates, timely notice of the recall shall be provided to the Voting Members by notice in Chess Life magazine. All interested parties shall have no less than sixty days to communicate his/her views to the Voting Members. At the end of that period a recall ballot shall be included and prominently placed in an issue of Chess Life magazine. Ballots must be received by mail by an independent agency by the end of the month following the issue date of the Chess Life magazine containing the recall ballot. At the end of that period the ballots shall be opened and tabulated by an independent agency agreed upon by both sides or in the presence of three tellers, one appointed by the Executive Board member who is subject to recall, one appointed by the first available signer of a recall question, and one appointed by the other two tellers. If at least two-thirds of those voting support recall and at least 500 votes are received, the Executive Board Member is recalled. Both sides shall be allocated 250 words in Chess Life magazine to be included in the issue with the ballot for recall.
Section 11. Candidate statements and advertising. Each duly nominated candidate who has met the requirements established inSection 4 is entitled to a 150 word statement plus photo in the issue of Chess Life published no later than April 20 of the election year, plus reasonable and equitable space on the USCF website. Election supplements shall accompany or be inserted in issues of Chess Life published no later than May 20 and June 20 of the election year. Each duly nominated candidate who has met the requirements established in Section 4 is entitled to one-half page of space in each election supplement The purchase of additional campaign space in the election supplements or other USCF publications is prohibited.
Section 12. Effective date. Revisions to the bylaws relating to the election of the Executive Board take effect on January 1, 2001.
The results of the OMOV motion were taken by roll call vote. That vote was as follows:
Next was ADM99-39 which was to be brought up only in the event that the previous motion failed.
DM 99-49/ADM 99-39 (OMOV Committee)
The following motion is to be voted only in the event that the previous motion fails.
The delegates see merit in the idea that the voting membership electing the Executive Board is the next logical step after SOMOV (State One Member One Vote), and hereby appoint a task force to further develop the detailed proposal presented in Reno and report back with an implementation proposal for the 2000 delegates meeting. PASSED 44-32
Tom Dorsch offered a motion that the OMOV Committee already in place last year be continued as the task force . Please note that the members of the OMOV Committee are Bill Goichberg (Chair), Randy Bauer, Mike Cavallo, James Eade, Larry Evans, Mike Nolan, and Wayne Praeder.
DM 99-50 / NDM 99-79 (Tom Dorsch, CA/N) The task force to develop an OMOV proposal is to be the same OMOV Committee that is already in place. That committee is to be continued another year. PASSED
DM 99-51/ ADM 99-40 (Jim Eade, CA/N) An OMOV Delegates' Task Force is established to develop a proposal which establishes direct election of officers by the membership. The task force should hold a workshop during the Annual Meeting in the year 2000, make a report to the Delegates at that Annual Meeting, and present its final proposal to the Delegates at the Annual Meeting of 2001, at which point the Task Force is disbanded. WITHDRAWN