2019 Bylaws Amendment Referendum

July 22, 2019

The 2019 NARFE Referendum results are in. All bylaws amendments have passed. 

Members who wish to submit bylaws proposals for the 2020 cycle should refer to the new document. More information is available here: 2020 NARFE Election Information.

The following is the breakdown of the votes for the bylaws amendments, as certified by Election Services Corp.

  • Total Election Returns: Total Ballots Distributed: 195,317 (return rate: 9.04%) 
Total Returns by Internet 12,933 73.23%
Total Returns by Mail 4,728 26.77%
Total Returns 17,661 100%

 

  • 1901: To reformat the 2018 bylaws to reorganize and streamline the bylaws language to make them easier to understand.
  • 1902: A companion amendment with 1901 to reformat the 2018 standing rules accompanying the bylaws.
  • 1903: Replaces the term “convention” with “conference” throughout the bylaws and rules to reflect the implementation of the One Member, One Vote bylaws amendment passed at the 2016 national convention, which eliminated the need for a convention to conduct voting.
  • 1904: Replaces the term “national” members with “national-only” members to clarify that (1) there are members that do not belong to a NARFE chapter, and (2) there are members that do belong to a NARFE chapter and pay requisite chapter dues. Previously, non-chapter members have been referred to as national members, national-only members, or national division members.
  • 1905: Provides that if there are three or more candidates for a national or regional office, voters shall indicate their order preference for each candidate by voting first, second, third, etc. for each candidate on the ballot (also called preferential voting). Since it is unlikely that any candidate will receive a majority of the vote when there are three or more candidates for office, preferential voting will determine the overall favorite candidate of the electorate to be the winner of the election on the first ballot. Preferential voting is the recommended method of ballot voting by Roberts Rules of Order Newly Revised when there are three or more candidates for office.

  • 1906: Separates “Voting” and “Committees” in the current 2018 bylaws Article VI (reflected in the reformatted bylaws linked above). These two unrelated issues were erroneously combined as a result of the One Member, One Vote bylaws amendment passed at the 2016 national convention. This amendment separates the two topics and also eliminates the term “super majority,” which does not appear in Roberts Rules of Order Newly Revised. It retains the language of a two-thirds vote necessary for the approval of changes in compensation for the national officers and RVPs, and changes in national dues. 
  • 1907: Removes the term “resolution” from Rule VII, Section 1. Standing Rules Amendments. Standing rules shall be amended in the same manner as amendments to the bylaws.
  • 1908: Clarifies that dues for supporting members shall be established by the NEB and, if applicable, by the chapter.

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2019 Bylaws Amendment Referendum

July 22, 2019

The 2019 NARFE Referendum results are in. All bylaws amendments have passed. 

Members who wish to submit bylaws proposals for the 2020 cycle should refer to the new document. More information is available here: 2020 NARFE Election Information.

The following is the breakdown of the votes for the bylaws amendments, as certified by Election Services Corp.

  • Total Election Returns: Total Ballots Distributed: 195,317 (return rate: 9.04%) 
Total Returns by Internet 12,933 73.23%
Total Returns by Mail 4,728 26.77%
Total Returns 17,661 100%

 

  • 1901: To reformat the 2018 bylaws to reorganize and streamline the bylaws language to make them easier to understand.
  • 1902: A companion amendment with 1901 to reformat the 2018 standing rules accompanying the bylaws.
  • 1903: Replaces the term “convention” with “conference” throughout the bylaws and rules to reflect the implementation of the One Member, One Vote bylaws amendment passed at the 2016 national convention, which eliminated the need for a convention to conduct voting.
  • 1904: Replaces the term “national” members with “national-only” members to clarify that (1) there are members that do not belong to a NARFE chapter, and (2) there are members that do belong to a NARFE chapter and pay requisite chapter dues. Previously, non-chapter members have been referred to as national members, national-only members, or national division members.
  • 1905: Provides that if there are three or more candidates for a national or regional office, voters shall indicate their order preference for each candidate by voting first, second, third, etc. for each candidate on the ballot (also called preferential voting). Since it is unlikely that any candidate will receive a majority of the vote when there are three or more candidates for office, preferential voting will determine the overall favorite candidate of the electorate to be the winner of the election on the first ballot. Preferential voting is the recommended method of ballot voting by Roberts Rules of Order Newly Revised when there are three or more candidates for office.

  • 1906: Separates “Voting” and “Committees” in the current 2018 bylaws Article VI (reflected in the reformatted bylaws linked above). These two unrelated issues were erroneously combined as a result of the One Member, One Vote bylaws amendment passed at the 2016 national convention. This amendment separates the two topics and also eliminates the term “super majority,” which does not appear in Roberts Rules of Order Newly Revised. It retains the language of a two-thirds vote necessary for the approval of changes in compensation for the national officers and RVPs, and changes in national dues. 
  • 1907: Removes the term “resolution” from Rule VII, Section 1. Standing Rules Amendments. Standing rules shall be amended in the same manner as amendments to the bylaws.
  • 1908: Clarifies that dues for supporting members shall be established by the NEB and, if applicable, by the chapter.


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NARFE (National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association) 606 N. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314, Phone: (703) 838-7760, Fax: (703) 838-7785.

 

This is the only website that reflects the official opinions and positions of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE). Opinions and/or positions that appear on any other site bearing NARFE's name or seal are not necessarily those of NARFE. Click here for Privacy Statement.   NARFE has been certified by Dun & Bradstreet.