Question: Voting rules

My PTO doesn't want to get voted out, so they want to change the bylaws to extend their terms. What are the Georgia limits for what they can do to the bylaws?

Asked by Anonymous



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Rose H writes:
Well, I can't speak for Georgia specifically. But, an executive board can't simply change the bylaws to address this upcoming election and keep board members in. If the group wants to take a look at the bylaws, review and amend the particular bylaws regarding elections, that's one thing. There's a process of discussing, creating amended bylaws and then voting on them by the membership before they can become the new bylaws. Bylaws changes should be approved at a general meeting. It's common to require a two-thirds vote to approve a change, and Robert's Rules recommends that you give prior notice to members when a bylaws change is going to be considered. Your bylaws should spell out the procedure for amending them. If they don't, you should adopt an amendment clause so there won't be any confusion in the future.

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