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FCA affiliates: options for board elections when you can’t meet in person

The pandemic has prevented us from gathering in large groups. This interferes with the ability of local funeral consumer organizations to hold elections to their board for those groups whose bylaws require in-person elections, or elections at a particular time or place.

There is no way to avoid “breaking” your bylaws in this situation; you will have to choose an action that you believe best supports your mission in keeping with the spirit and intent of your bylaws or rules.

There are two main options. Both are reasonable choices:

1. Continue with your incumbent board until the pandemic is over and you can return to your normal in-person meeting and voting practices.

2. Hold board elections by US mail, with paper ballots and candidate biographies sent to your membership.

Resources:

Recording of the June 18, 2020 Zoom meeting with FCA National and affiliates

Guide for holding an election by paper mail as FCA National does for its Board of Trustees.