Oregon Statutes - Chapter 9 - Attorneys; Law Libraries - Section 9.152 - Election of delegates; rules.

(1) The election of delegates to the house of delegates shall be held annually on a date set by the board of governors. Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, nominations shall be made by petition signed by at least 10 members of the Oregon State Bar entitled to vote for a delegate in the election. The election shall be by ballot. Nominating petitions must be filed with the executive director of the state bar at least 30 days before the election.

(2)(a) The executive director shall mail ballots containing the nominations for the office of delegate in each region to every active member in the region. Ballots may be delivered in person or by mail to the executive director, but must be received by the executive director on or before the day of the election. The executive director, with any assistants that the executive director may designate, shall canvass the votes and record the results of the election.

(b) The board by rule may provide for electronic elections in lieu of using mailed ballots under paragraph (a) of this subsection. Rules adopted under this paragraph may provide for electronic distribution of election materials and electronic tabulation of votes.

(3) The candidate, or candidates if there is more than one open position, receiving the highest number of votes in each region for the position or positions being filled shall be declared elected. Balloting shall be conducted in a manner than ensures that only active members of the bar can vote and that the secrecy of the ballots shall be preserved.

(4) The nomination petition for a delegate from the region composed of all areas not located in this state need only be signed by the candidate for the position.

(5) Notwithstanding subsection (1) of this section, an election shall not be held for any position for which only a single candidate has been nominated. If only a single candidate has been nominated, the board shall declare the single candidate elected to the position on a date specified by the board. [1995 c.302 §13; 2001 c.297 §5; 2003 c.192 §2]

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