2024 NSKC Lead Pack Election
Call for Nominations
Thank you for your interest in joining the Lead Pack of the North Star Kennel Club.
The board of directors of the North Star Kennel Club is called the “Lead Pack”. It currently consists of 6 members and four open seats, elected to two-year terms. The terms are staggered so that five seats are normally up for election each year.
Our 2024 Lead Pack Election will begin on Saturday, January 6, 2024 and conclude at the Annual Meeting on Saturday, January 20, 2024. All 2023 and 2024 Members who are current with their dues are eligible to nominate an eligible member and to cast a vote in the election itself. Use this application to nominate yourself or another eligible member.
Requirements for Lead Pack Candidates
- Became a Member of the North Star Kennel Club on or before June 20, 2023 (six months before nominations close).
- 2023 or 2024 Member dues paid in full.
- Accept their nomination online at the Lead Pack meeting on Wednesday, December 20, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.
- Able to attend Lead Pack meetings, typically held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 7-9 p.m.
- Interest in planning, hosting, and/or attending most Club events.
- Interest in actively participating to improve the Club and its events for the membership.
How the Elections Process Works
Eligibility to vote
All 2023 and 2024 Members in good standing are eligible to vote in the election.
Nominations are open now through the Lead Pack meeting on Wednesday, December 20, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. All candidates must accept their nominations online at this meeting. The meeting will be held online via Zoom. Once nominations are closed, no additional candidates will be accepted. Write-in candidacies are not permitted.
If you are a 2023 or 2024 Member in good standing you may self-nominate or nominate another eligible member. If you are plan to nominate someone other than yourself, please speak with that person first. Secure their permission and make sure they are indeed interested in joining the Lead Pack.
Contested Election Process
The election runs for two weeks in January, concluding at the Annual Meeting and is conducted online. All eligible voters will receive an invitation to vote via email. This email will contain a special one-time use link to the voting site. Voting will begin on Saturday, January 6, 2024 and conclude at the Annual Meeting, which will be held at the Fire Bar at The Saloon on Saturday, January 20, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. An online option via Zoom will also be available.
Voting is done by ranking the candidates in order of preference. Candidates are seated according to their numerical performance – the candidate that performed the best is seated first, the next best is seated next and so forth until all seats are filled.
When the voting period ends, the votes are tabulated and the results are announced before the end of the Annual Meeting.
In the event that there are more seats available than candidates (or the same number), the Lead Pack will vote to appoint each candidate individually at the December 20, 2023 Lead Pack meeting. A majority vote of the Lead Pack is required to appoint a candidate to a seat.
After the Annual Meeting
The newly-elected Lead Pack will hold an organizational meeting following the conclusion of the Annual Meeting. At this meeting, the new Lead Pack will select its officers (Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer), designate committee chairs, and establish the Lead Pack meeting calendar for 2024.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a message on Facebook, X (formerly known as Twitter), or Telegram.
We recommend that the candidate fill out this application even if being nominated by someone else.