Question: changing the voting process after it has begun

Our PTO uses paper ballots for nominations. The nominees are then contacted to see if they accept. All those that have accepted are printed onto a paper ballot for PTO members to vote on. The nomination ballots have been sent home (it includes the dates of actual voting). The current PTO board want to vote to change the process now. To change the voting process in the middle of the election (to try and prevent some nominees from being placed on the voting ballots). If they voted to change the voting bylaws wouldn't that have to go into effect next year since this year's process has already begun. This feels like voter tampering? O.o

Asked by Anonymous



Advice from PTO Today

Rose H writes:
Hi there,
It seems in this case where the process is under way that it would be disruptive and pretty confusing to change it. Plus, you may find that if your group's bylaws spell out how the voting process works, that it simply can't be changed on the fly. That said, if there are issues with the voting process (not about any particular individuals who folks would prefer not run), then it would be worth putting it out for discussion at a meeting before the end of the year to see if it is worth reviewing bylaws and making adjustments for future elections.


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