The Editor: The Editor will share with you the problems with Rule 6 and 13 in the proposed Rules for the Texas LULAC Convention to be held June 4 through June 8, 2014. The Texas LULAC General Assembly meets on Sunday, June 8, 2014 to vote for officers for Texas LULAC.
Rule number 6 does not follow the LULAC Constitution, Bylaws and Protocol (hereinafter referred to as the LULAC Constitution or constitution). The LULAC Constitution states: Rule 6 reads- Elections shall be by stand up vote and if election is too close to call a stand up row by row count will be taken. The Election Judge shall repeat the vote to the floor. The Constitution, Bylaws and Protocol of LULAC under Article VIII, National Officers, Section 5, Election of National Officers, subsection d. states:
“Voting in National ele
ctions shall by roll call, a show of hands, or secret ballot, as the Rules Committee may recommend and the National Assembly may approve. A vote by a show of hands would be within the Constitution. The interpretation of the wording of the Constitution is pretty elementary. This rule, while being unconstitutional, does not kill an election in LULAC. It does however set up another example of the LULAC Board, at state and at national, legislating rules that are not in the LULAC charter or the LULAC Constitution.
Rule 13 is a rule that can kill elections in LULAC, at the state and at the national level, since, as it turns out, is the same rule that is being used in California, National and now Texas, for the 2014 conventions. Rule 13 states: Challenges to any election must be issued to the State Legal Advisor immediately after the outcome is announced and before another election has begun.
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