(Amended February 18, 2005)
Section 1. Voting Eligibility. Members of the Executive Committee are elected by all New England Law Review members in good standing.
Section 2. Time of Election. The election shall occur during the spring semester of each year, and a new Executive Committee shall be elected no later than March 15.
Section 3. Qualifications for Office. Only those members who ultimately produce an article of publishable quality and have completed all other requirements of associate membership are eligible to accept office. In the event that a candidate is elected but does not produce an article of publishable quality, the candidate with the next highest number of votes who has produced an article of publishable quality will assume the position.
Section 4. Resumes and Position Statements. At a date set by the Executive Committee, but no later than one week prior to the date set for the election, all candidates must submit a resume and position statement to the incumbent Editor-in-Chief. The resume and position statement shall be made available to all members entitled to vote under this Article.
Section 5. Candidates’ Meeting. The incumbent Executive Committee shall conduct a pre-election meeting at which time each candidate shall make a short statement in support of his or her candidacy. The order of speaking shall be determined by lottery. Members of the New England Law Review may ask questions of each candidate concerning his or her qualifications.
Section 6. Election Procedure.
(a) In the event that there are four or more candidates for a position, there shall be a primary election (Primary Election) immediately following the Candidate’s Meeting to determine three final election candidates (Three Final Candidates). Each member entitled to vote and at the Candidate’s meeting may exercise his or her vote for the different candidates.
(b) During the Primary Election, if more than two final candidates emerge by virtue of a tie, those tied shall continue to participate in run-off elections until such time as Three Final Candidates have been selected for the final election (Final Election).
(c) The Final Election shall be held within two (2) school days of the Primary Election. The Three Final Candidates with the highest number of votes in the Primary Election shall be entered in the Final Election.
Section 7. Administration of Election. The Executive Committee shall administer the Final Election. To administer the Final Election, the Executive Committee will:
(a) set the time and place for the Candidates’ Meeting;
(b) post written notice of time and place for casting votes;
(c) appoint a New England School of Law administrator to tabulate the votes (the “Appointee”);
(d) the Appointee shall count the votes, not in the presence of any member of the New England Law Review, when:
(i) all votes have been cast; or
(ii) within a reasonable time after the polls are closed, whichever occurs first.
(e) the Appointee shall post a written notice indicating the winner(s) of each election after he or she has received permission from the Editor-in-Chief.
Section 8. Contesting Election. Any member of New England Law Review may contest the election on the ground that the procedure prescribed by these By-laws has not been followed.
(a) The results of an election will not be posted until the Editor-in-Chief has indicated to the Appointee that there has been no contest to the election;
(b) A contested election will be void and a new election shall be ordered after:
(i) the Executive Committee examines all evidence of an alleged violation of the election procedure, and
(ii) a majority of the Executive Committee members conclude that election procedure has been violated.
(c) If there results are contested after they have been posted, the current Editor-in-Chief, the Appointee, and the Faculty Advisor shall decide the controversy pursuant to a majority vote.