Sample Rules for Undergraduate Elections at Grand Chapter and Grand Council

1.  Caucus Chairman

A recent winner of the International Balfour Award shall serve as the non-voting chairman of the undergraduate caucus.  If no recent winner is available to serve, the chairman of the [Grand Chapter/Grand Council] shall appoint a recently graduated Sigma Chi to serve instead.  The chairman will be assisted by members of the Headquarters Staff.

 

2.  Initial Voting

After each nominee who fulfills the requirements for office has had an opportunity to address the caucus for an amount of time determined by the caucus chairman, each delegate may caste two votes for his preferred candidates.  No delegate may cast both of his votes for the same candidate.  No nominee shall be elected as an undergraduate representative to the Executive Committee on the first ballot unless he receives votes from more than two-thirds of the delegates present and voting.  If two candidates receive sufficient votes, they are deemed elected, and the election is finished.

 

3.  If No Winner On First Ballot

If no candidate receives sufficient votes to be elected, only the four candidates who received the most votes will remain in the election.  If more than one candidate ties for the fourth position, all candidates in the tie will remain.  Voting will continue with each delegate permitted to cast votes on each ballot until at least one candidate is elected.  After each ballot during which no candidate is elected, the candidate with the fewest votes will be eliminated from the election.

 

4.  If Exactly One Candidate Elected

If only one candidate receives sufficient votes, he is deemed elected, and the caucus will then elect one additional representative.  In subsequent ballots each delegate shall cast only one vote, and the candidate who receives a majority of votes cast shall be elected.  If no candidate receives a majority, only the two candidates who received the most votes will remain in the election.  If more than one candidate ties for the second position, all candidates in the tie will remain.  Balloting will continue until a candidate receives a majority.  After each ballot during which no candidate is elected, the candidate with the fewest votes will be eliminated from the election.

 

5.  Persistent Ties

In the event of a persistent deadlock, the caucus chairman may break ties by a coin flip or other form of random selection.  A persistent deadlock will be declared by the caucus chairman at his discretion, and the caucus may overrule his determination by majority vote.

 

 

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