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Proposal ID1125
ProposalExtend Term For Next Secretary Election
PresenterSteering Committee
Floor ManagerRegina Stone-Grover
Discussion01/23/2023 - 01/29/2023
Voting01/30/2023 - 02/05/2023
Presens Quorum32 0.6666
Consens Quorum64 0.6666 of Yes and No Votes


On January 15, 2023, Brian Cooke resigned from GPUS Secretary in an email to the National Committee. According to the GPUS Bylaws, a special election should be called by the Steering Committee in which at least 3 weeks for nominations, 2 weeks of discussion, and 1 week of voting are provided, to replace the Secretary for the remainder of the term expiring Summer 2023.

Due to the timelines, the newly elected Secretary from this vacancy election would only be in office for approximately a month before nominations for the Summer 2023 Steering Election would begin.

Rather than making candidates run for Secretary, receive training and hand things over, just to have to run for office again, the Steering Committee instead proposes that the Secretary’s term be slightly extended to enable the next Secretary to serve into the next term – that is, the elected Secretary from the vacancy election would serve as Secretary until Summer 2025.

This proposal allows the National Committee to approve this one-time variance to the typical election rules and procedures.


The National Committee hereby approves that the winner of the election to fill the Secretary vacancy for the remainder of the 2021-2023 term shall carry an extended term from the end of the vacancy election until the next regularly scheduled Secretary election in Summer 2025.


The Steering Committee shall carry out the election to fill the Secretary vacancy according to typical rules and procedures, with the new term in effect. The Summer 2023 Steering Committee election shall proceed as usual for the Co-Chair positions.


GPUS Bylaws on Secretary term limits:

GPUS Bylaws on filling Steering Committee vacancies:

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