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ARTICLE III. Selection of Senate Officers.


Section 1. During the last three weeks of April the Senate at large will elect the nominating committee. Prior to the final election for Senate members, the Executive Committee will present to the Senate a slate of three for the nominating committee. Additional nominations will be accepted from the floor, with the permission of the nominees, when the slate is presented. Senators will vote for three candidates on the initial ballot. Candidates who receive by secret ballot a majority vote of the members present and voting shall be declared elected. If three candidates are not elected on the first ballot, balloting will be repeated, with the lowest vote-getter eliminated each time until three candidates have been elected by a majority of Senators present and voting. The nominating committee will present at the first meeting after the regular election a slate of candidates for the Senate office of president-elect. There shall be opportunity for nominations from the floor at this meeting and at the next meeting.

Section 2. At the meeting following the presentation of the slate by the nominating committee, the Senate shall elect a president-elect and two members-at-large as described in the Faculty Constitution, Article IV, Sections 1 and 2. The candidates who receive by signed ballots a majority vote of the members voting shall be declared elected. Any absentee ballots must be presented to the chair at the start of the meeting when the balloting takes place. These officers, together with the president and the past president, comprise the Executive Committee.

All officers who are also serving as elected Senators shall have the right to vote on all matters that come before the Senate.

Section 3. The Members-at-Large shall be elected from the membership of the Senate. Following the election of other officers, the Senate shall nominate from the floor candidate(s) for Members-at-Large. In an election which shall follow immediately, the candidate who receives by signed ballot a majority vote of the members present and voting shall be declared elected. If no majority is achieved balloting will be repeated, eliminating the lowest vote-getter each time until a majority is achieved.

Section 4. Vacancies in office are filled pursuant to Article IV, Section 2, C and D of the Faculty Constitution. When a vacancy occurs in the office of president-elect, the Executive Committee will name a nominating committee, subject to approval of the Senate. As provided in Section 1 above, the nominating committee will present a candidate or candidates within two meetings and the Senate will vote as prescribed in Section 2. Vacancies for members-at-large will be filled pursuant to Section 3.

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