Saturday, January 07, 2006

Bylaws Proposal: Drop weakest finisher after every ballot

Still serializing the work of Dan Karlan:

The Bylaws specify (Rule 9, paragraph 2) that if there is no winner after the first ballot in the polling for the Presidential and Vice-Presidential contest, the vote is repeated; it is only after the second ballot that the weakest finisher is dropped. However, at nearly every Nominating Convention at which there has not been a winner on the first ballot, a motion to suspend the rules – to allow dropping of the last-place finisher immediately, rather than delaying that until after the second ballot – has been entertained and adopted. This proposal would formally remove that delay, and bow to the consistent suspension of the Rules.


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