How to Nominate Candidates in 2013
Nomination of co-chair candidates is on the agenda on Thursday from 1:40 to 1:45 p.m. We ask that you go to a microphone at that time to nominate a candidate or candidates. If you aren’t available at that time, you may go to a microphone between speakers any time before 4 p.m. to nominate a candidate or candidates.
How to Vote This Year
AFN is in the process of moving to staggered terms for Co-Chairs, which means that beginning next year only one Co-Chair will be elected each year to serve a two-year term.
• One ballot – all candidates will appear on one ballot.
• Support two – members vote for two candidates.
• Top 2 – the two candidates with the most votes will be elected Co-Chairs.
The candidate with the most votes will serve a 2-year term. The candidate with the second most votes will serve a 1-year term.
Thursday – 1:40pm
Nomination period opens, time allotted on agenda
Thursday – 4:00pm
Nomination period closes. Nominees announced.
Friday – 8:40am
Saturday – 8:45am
Election of Co-Chairs
2013 Official AFN Rules of Election
ARTICLE I: STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
In 2013, two co-chairs will be elected by the Convention. The purpose of these Rules of Election (Rules) is to define procedures for the annual election of the Alaska Federation of Natives (“AFN”) Co-Chairs and Class A(3)/A(4) Board members.
ARTICLE II: ANNUAL ELECTION OF CO-CHAIR(S)
Section 1: Date of Election
Annual election of AFN Co-Chair(s) shall occur on the last day of the AFN Annual Convention.
Section 2: Number and Term of Co-Chairs to be Elected
As provided in the AFN Bylaws, Article VI Sec. 2(a), two Co-Chairs shall be elected to serve staggered two year terms.
Section 3: Nomination of Candidates for AFN Co-Chairs
(a) Candidates must be official delegates for an AFN Class A member in good standing.
(b) Nominations for Co-Chairs shall be opened by the Chair of the Credentials Committee as prescribed on the Convention Agenda on Thursday, October 24 and shall be closed at 4:00 p.m. the same day.
Section 4: Candidate Campaigns
(a) Candidates may, but are not required to, address the delegates of the AFN Annual Convention on the day prior to the election. Each candidate will be allotted equal time to speak, no less than five minutes.
Section 5: Voting Procedure
(a) A single ballot shall be used to elect both Co-Chairs.
(b) Votes shall be cast orally on the floor on the last day of the AFN Annual Convention.
- Class A members will be called by region in the following order:
i. Class A(1) member – ANCSA Corporations
ii. Class A(2) member – Non-profit Native Associations
iii. Class A(3) members – Village Corporation Membership
iv. Class A(4) members – Federally Recognized Tribe Membership
- Class A(3) and Class A(4) members shall select a representative to report vote totals.
- Class A members must vote for two candidates each. The two supported candidates will receive exactly the maximum number of votes available to each Class A member; there is no splitting of votes.
(c) The candidate receiving the most votes shall be elected Co-Chair for a two-year term and the candidate receiving the second most votes shall be elected Co-Chair for a one-year term.
ARTICLE III: ANNUAL ELECTION OF CLASS A(3)/A(4) BOARD MEMBERS
Section 1: Date of Election
Annual election of AFN Class A(3)/(4) Board members shall occur prior to the last day of the AFN Annual Convention.
Section 2: Number and Term of Class A(3)/(4) Board members to be Elected
(a) As provided in the AFN Bylaws, Article III Sec. 9(b), there are twelve Class A(3)/(4) Board members, one for each ANCSA region.
(b) The term of the Class A(3)/(4) Board members is one year.
Section 3: Nomination of Candidates for Class A(3)/(4) Board Members
(a) Candidates must be official delegates for an AFN Class A(3) or A(4) member in good standing.
Section 3: Voting Procedure
(a) The voting procedure to elect Class A(3)/(4) Board members shall be determined and administered by the region’s Class A(3) and Class A(4) members.
(b) Class A(3) and Class A(4) members may elect to administer rules provided by the Credentials Committee.