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Virtual Unit Elections and Induction Date Extension

March 25, 2020     Announcements

The National OA Director has approved lodges to hold virtual unit elections through July 1, 2020. Due to the cancellation of many induction events, candidates that were elected after February 1, 2019 will have 24 months from the date of election to complete their ordeal. This change is in effect until otherwise notified that we will go back to 12 months. There are no changes to the membership requirements with the exception of the temporary virtual camping policy. The following resources have been put together so that lodges may effectively implement virtual elections.

Due to the continued inability for some parts of the country to meet in person the cutoff date for lodges to conduct virtual unit elections is being changed to September 1, 2020 to correspond with the virtual camping effective period as well as include the entire traditional summer camp period. After September 1, 2020 unit elections may still be conducted but must be in person.

The following guidelines should be followed in order to conduct virtual unit elections.

  1. The Lodge and Council leadership must approve their lodge conducting virtual unit elections.
  2. The unit leader must agree to a virtual election.
  3. The Lodge Unit election team and the appropriate forms/videos must be able to be presented to unit members.  (This assumes the use of some type of online meeting technology.)
  4. The unit leader should continue to validate those eligible for elections.
  5. A means to confidentially collect votes for eligible unit members must be available and used.  NO OPEN VOTE COUNTING IS TO BE ALLOWED.
  6. Conduct your election in accordance with the Election to Ordeal process outlined on page 23 of the Guide for Officers and Advisers which can be found here.

If you have any questions, please reach out to @email.