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April 05, 2001

Results of the April 5, 2001 Bar Association Special Election



At the Quarterly Meeting of the Philadelphia Bar Association on Thursday, April 5, 2001, at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., members considered in a referendum THE FOLLOWING PROPOSED BYLAW AMENDMENTS TO SECTION 406 OF THE BYLAWS OF THE PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION:

(Choose only one of the following.)

[ ] Primavera Amendment (518 votes)

The first sentence of Section 406(C) shall be replaced with:
"A Member who, by reason of illness, disability or accident, will be physically unable to vote in person may vote by absentee ballot. In addition, a Member whose principal office is located outside of the area known as Center City Philadelphia, or who will be absent from that area on election day, also may vote by absentee ballot. The area known as Center City Philadelphia is defined as that area bordered on the east by the Delaware River, on the west by the Schuylkill River, on the north by Spring Garden Street and on the south by South Street."

[ ] Petitioners Amendment (650 votes)

The title of Section 406 shall be amended to read: "Section 406. Voting."
Section 406(B) shall be amended to read:
"The election shall be by (1) secret mailed ballot and (2) paper ballot or voting machine. In addition, Members may vote electronically over the Internet to the extent permitted by law pursuant to procedures established by the Board to preserve the confidentiality of the Member’s vote and the integrity of the voting process. Voting machines, if available, shall be preferred for in-person voting, unless there is an election at which there is no contest. The position of the nominee on the ballot shall be determined by lot. The drawing of lots shall be conducted by the Judge of Elections not less than 25 days before the Annual Meeting in the presence of the nominees and/or their representatives. The form of the ballot shall be prescribed by the Board. A ballot shall be sent by the Association by mail to every Association member eligible to vote at least two weeks prior to the date set for the Annual Meeting. A mailed ballot shall not be counted unless it has been received at the office of the Association no later than 10:00 a.m. three business days prior to the date set for the Annual Meeting and in such manner as to preserve the confidentiality of the Member’s vote. The Judge of Elections shall count the mailed ballots after the polls have been closed."
Section 406(C), providing for absentee ballots, shall be deleted from the Bylaws.

[ ] Neither Amendment (48 votes)

I vote "no" on each of these two proposals. (Do not make either change to the current system for voting.)     

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