A society has a representative form of government when the following circumstances
(1) It has a supreme governing body constituted in one of the following ways:
(i) The supreme governing body is an assembly composed of delegates elected directly
by the members or at intermediate assemblies or conventions of members or their representatives,
together with other delegates as may be prescribed in the society's laws. A society may provide for election of delegates by mail. The elected delegates shall constitute a majority in number and shall not have less
than two-thirds of the votes and not less than the number of votes required to amend
the society's laws. The assembly shall be elected and shall meet at least once every four years and
shall elect a board of directors to conduct the business of the society between meetings
of the assembly. Vacancies on the board of directors between elections may be filled in the manner
prescribed by the society's laws.
(ii) The supreme governing body is a board composed of persons elected by the members,
either directly or by their representatives in intermediate assemblies, and any other
persons prescribed in the society's laws. A society may provide for election of the board by mail. Each term of a board member may not exceed four years. Vacancies on the board between elections may be filled in the manner prescribed
by the society's laws. Those persons elected to the board shall constitute a majority in number and not
less than the number of votes required to amend the society's laws. A person filling the unexpired term of an elected board member shall be considered
to be an elected member. The board shall meet at least quarterly to conduct the business of the society.
(2) The officers of the society are elected either by the supreme governing body or
by the board of directors.
(3) Only benefit members are eligible for election to the supreme governing body,
the board of directors or any intermediate assembly.
(4) Each voting member has one vote; no vote may be cast by proxy.
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