Election Committee The USRA
Board Election Committee will be comprised of an appointed
Committee Chair, plus three active board members -- all of whom
must not be eligible for election or re-election. Subsequent to
the formation of each year's election committee, the chair shall
be responsible for coordinating the work of a separate nomination
committee (made up of non-board members) charged with putting
forth a slate of qualified candidates.
Nominating Committee The
Nominating Committee shall be comprised of six members, selected
to represent a cross-section of former U.S. Team, geographical,
age and gender constituents. Terms of service on the nominating
committee shall be three years, with rotation schedules set to
accomodate two (2) new members annually.
Presentation & Acceptance of Slate
In support of its work, the Nominating Committee shall
research and review qualified USRA members who seek Board seats
(requesting resume qualifications and a statement of interest from
all prospective candidates). The presented slate may then include
candidates in the number of positions being vacated at the end of
the USRA fiscal year -- OR up to one additional nominee. Example:
when three board positions are open, an approved slate may contain
either three or four nominees. The Election Committee Chair
presents the nominating committee report, and recommended slate,
at the Fall board meeting.
Upon review of this report, the full Board may accept or reject
the entire slate of nominees, but the board may not vote to accept
nominees individually. If the Board rejects the presented slate,
the Nominating Committee must resume its task of finding nominees
acceptable to the Board.
Candidates who are not selected for an approved slate must be
notified of such by the Nomination Committee, and informed of the
alternate Petition Procedure (shown below).
Petition Procedure Any member of
the USRA in good standing may run for the Board of Directors by
completing an official board petition, which requires the
signatures of 100 USRA members in good standing who request that
the individual be added to the slate of Board candidates. Petitioners
must request and obtain official forms from the USRA
national office or download
a .pdf. Completed petitions must be received in the USRA National office no later than
December 31 of the year preceding the annual election.
Ballot Procedure Once the slate
is adopted, each nominee is notified of their candidacy and must
sign the official USRA Conflict of Interest statement. The nominee
must also provide a color photo and response of 200 words or less
to the question of "Why I want to serve on the USRA Board of
Directors" for publication with the ballot made available via
the March/April edition of RACQUETBALL magazine [deadline,
Election Process The official
ballot for the USRA Board Election is published in the March/April
issue of RACQUETBALL along with candidate photos and their
200 word answer to the question posed above. RACQUETBALL
is mailed to all current USRA members and only adult (over 18) USRA members may
vote. An official "numbered"
ballot is also made available to USRA members, on request, for
their use in voting. Members must return any one, official ballot
form (pre-printed or numbered) to the USRA National office, in sufficient time to be
received by the published deadline date.
If only the required number of nominations for open Board seats
are finalized, an election through the magazine
will not be mandated and all nominees will be elected by
acclimation at the May Board meeting.
Campaign Procedures A separate
document, outlining campaign procedures, will be provided to all
candidates upon publication of the ballot.
Voting & Announcement All
ballots will be tallied by the current Election Committee with the
top vote-getters becoming USRA Board members for the next three
years. In the event of a tie between candidates in the "last"
position, a run-off election between them will be conducted on
site at the National Singles event. Tallies of election
results will be published with candidate platforms [in the
March/April online editions of RACQUETBALL]
and announced at the General Membership meeting held
in conjunction with the U.S. National Singles Championship.