From October 30th to November 6, 2018, IDNIYRA had its first electronic ballot to consider the following amendment to the organization’s constitution, necessary for IRS recognition of the organization as a non-profit.

Upon dissolution of IDNIYRA, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the federal government, or to a state or local government, for a public purpose.

Ballots on ElectionBuddy, a third-party voting application, were sent to 198 members via email in accordance with the constitution and by-laws. One invitation could not be delivered. One hundred and four members voted, with 101 supporting, 3 opposing and none abstaining from the proposal. With 97 percent of those voting approving the proposal, the proposal carried (the Constitution requires that 3/4 of those voting approve a motion to amend the constitution for it to carry). The IDNIYRA can now proceed to apply for non-profit status with IRS.

Participation of 53 percent of the IDNIYRA electorate in this ballot represents the highest return rate in recent IDNIYRA ballots, suggesting that our adoption of electronic voting will improve governance of IDNIYRA. We will reserve time at the 2019 IDNIYRA AGM for a discussion of lessons learned from this first electronic ballot.

Warren Nethercote, KC 3786
IDNIYRA Commodore

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