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DFW NORML to consider changing how elections work for board members

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After failing twice to obtain enough votes to hold a board member election, DFW NORML will consider changing their quorum requirements at their next board meeting.

The non-profit’s by-laws require 30 percent of members to vote in order for an election to become official. Both attempts late last year fell well short of the requirement.

Due to rapid growth, the Dallas/Fort Worth based organization now has over 1,000 members, meaning that over 300 members would have to participate in each election. These by-laws were written back when it was anticipated that the group would only have around 100 members.

David Sloane, the group’s Public Information Officer, stated “we have attempted twice in the last few months to hold officer elections and were unable to achieve enough member participation to achieve a quorum required under our existing bylaws. So this is an issue we are discussing.”

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Asked what specifically the board might look at changing the quorum requirements to, Sloane stated that the Texas Nonprofit Corporations Act has a minimum 10 percent requirement, but could not say specifically what requirement may be adopted at the upcoming board meeting later this month.

There have been rumors that the board may seek to do away with elections all-together and instead appoint the board members, much like many other National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) chapters do. However, Texas law requires officers to be elected by members.

Due to efforts to comply with the law, multiple attempts to hold an election, and the fact that most board members ran unopposed in the election, the new board members elected in the November election will hold their seat in accordance with those results.

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Stephen Carter

Stephen Carter is a journalist and information technology specialist living in Waco, Texas. He has been working with the cannabis movement since 2009. He founded Texas Cannabis Report in 2013 to bring Texans accurate cannabis related news.

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