Elections

ARTICLE VIII.  ELECTIONS

The officers, councilors, and trustees of the Medical Society of the State of New York, and the delegates to the American Medical Association shall be nominated and elected at the annual meeting of the House of Delegates.  In odd numbered years beginning with the year 1999 at least one resident physician shall be elected to a full delegate position and at least one medical student shall be elected as an alternate delegate to the American Medical Association.  In even numbered years beginning with the year 2000 at least one medical student shall be elected to a full delegate position and at least one resident physician shall be elected as an alternate delegate to the American Medical Association.

In the event that a member of the Medical Society of the State of New York delegation to the American Medical Association is elected to the position of Speaker or Vice Speaker of the House of Delegates of the American Medical Association said individual shall automatically serve as a full delegate of the Medical Society of the State of New York to the American Medical Association for the term of service as Speaker or Vice Speaker of the House of Delegates of the American Medical Association.[1]

A member of the Medical Society of the State of New York who is in arrears for component county medical society dues or state society dues or assessments shall not be eligible for nomination to any office, the Council, the Board of Trustees or as a delegate to the American Medical Association or entitled to vote for any officer, councilor, trustee or delegate.


SECTION 1.  BALLOTING

All elections for officers of the State Society and delegates to the American Medical Association shall be by ballot.  When, after the call for nominations from the floor, there is only one candidate for an office, the speaker shall direct the secretary to cast one ballot for the candidate on behalf of the delegates.

The speaker shall appoint a Committee on Rules and Order of Business which shall recommend election and balloting procedures to be approved by the House of Delegates.

For the election of delegates to the American Medical Association, the delegates shall be declared elected in the order of the highest number of votes cast until the allotted number shall have been chosen; a corresponding number in the next highest order of votes cast shall be declared alternate delegates.

When the full quota of elected delegates or alternate delegates is not available for attendance at the meeting of the House of Delegates of the American Medical Association, the president of the Medical Society of the State of New York shall appoint and certify a sufficient number to complete the quota.

A duly elected delegate to the American Medical Association who does not serve as such because of reduction in number of delegates to which the Medical Society of the State of New York is entitled shall fill any vacancy which may occur in the delegation before alternate delegates are designated for that purpose.

The delegates and alternate delegates shall take office at the beginning of the calendar year following their election and shall serve for a term of two years, except in the case of medical student or resident physician delegates or alternate delegates, who shall serve for a term of one year.

[1] Pursuant to the AMA Bylaws, the State Medical Society represented by the delegate elected to be Speaker or Vice Speaker of the House of Delegates of the AMA is entitled to an additional delegate for the term of service of the Speaker or Vice Speaker with full rights and privileges in the House of Delegates.