Question: Can siblings run as President and Vice President in a PTA or PTO?

There are two sisters who are running every year and just changing up positions on our PTA Board. Is it allowed under the rules for two siblings to share such significant positions? Basically whenever a vote is cast is like one vote

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Advice from PTO Today

Craig writes:
Unless your bylaws prohibit it (highly unlikely), there are no rules against it. We've heard of PTOs with husband and wife on the board and even mother and daughter. There are tradeoffs -- the biggest issue can be that they talk things out among themselves and exclude other board members. It's a natural thing because they are together a lot more often than the other board members, but it's something that needs to be guarded against and can create hard feelings. In general, I'm in favor of allowing anyone to serve on the board who is willing to put in the time and effort. But are there others who want to fill those posts? Perhaps you need term limits if others are being shut out.

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