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July 13, 2012

Proposed VSB Bylaws revisions to election procedures for president-elect and council

The Membership Task Force of the Virginia State Bar (VSB) proposes that the VSB Bylaws be amended to permit the use of means, other than U.S. mail, for election notification and balloting. As of June 30, 2012, the VSB has 30,515 active members. In light of the large membership, the Membership Task Force was of the opinion that an online voting system for elections should be considered to increase the number of people who vote in Council and president-elect elections and to decrease costs. The proposed bylaw change will permit flexibility in the system, permitting the VSB to offer a choice between paper ballots and online ballots to their members. The proposed changes also include a provision that if Council members change their address of record from the jurisdiction they are representing, then a special election will be held for that vacancy, and deletes the provision for write-in Council candidates.

The following proposal is published for public comment, which should be submitted in writing to Karen A. Gould, Executive Director, Virginia State Bar, 707 E. Main Street, Suite 1500, Richmond, VA  23219 or, no later than the end of the business day on the day of the deadline.

Deadline: September 30, 2012.

view proposed rule changes (PDF)

view current Bylaws


Updated: Aug 01, 2012