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Absentee Ballots

Hi all

I was asked a question by a client today to which I didn't find a clear answer. If a core circle member is not able to participate in a Governance Meeting and they know there will be an election, are they allowed to send an absentee ballot via another circle member? 

In this specific case it's about the election of a Rep Link during a launch week. We weren't able to prevent some people from being affected by overlapping meetings, so it's physically impossible for them to attend both meetings simultaneously.

I could neither find anything about this in the constitution, nor here in the forum.

3.2.2 and 3.2.4d suggest that all tensions in Governance must be role based. Then again elections seem to a special case to me, as people are electing somebody into a role. In 3.3.6 it doesn't say anything about about absentee circle members. 

 Of course one could argue, that if one of the missing members sees their roles limited by the election, they could always ask for a new election in the next meeting. But that would make the whole process very heavy.

Has anybody run into a similar situation? How have you handled it? I'm also interested in your interpretations of the constitution as to why his should or shouldn't be allowed.



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