The Third Legacy Procedure is the method used for selection of Delegates and Trustees. The purpose of the special procedure is to eliminate, as much as possible, the role of personality, ego, and competition in the process of selection of Delegates and Trustees.

In the traditional electoral process, a candidate declares or is nominated for office and then actively campaigns for the position. The candidate invests an often considerable personal interest in obtaining the position. The successful candidate experiences ego gratification; the unsuccessful candidate experiences personal rejection.

For the recovering addicts in MA, the traditional electoral process is risky, and has the potential to damage the unity that is an important part of our recovery program. Our Third Legacy procedure removes, as much as possible, the elements of declaration and competition for our trusted servant office.

The Third Legacy Procedure is as follows:

RULES AND PROCEDURES

  1. The names of persons who meet the requirements for the service commitment are placed on an eligibility list.
  2. Candidates may strike their name from the list at any time
  3. To vote, each voting member writes the names of their chosen candidates (from the current eligibility list) on a secret ballot.
  4. For each round of voting, voters must write the exact number of names as there are positions to be filled (i.e., if there are three Trustee positions available, voting members must write the names of three candidates on their ballot). As positions are filled, the number of names required on each ballot will change.
  5. Errors made by voters regarding 3 or 4 above shall require that the vote be discarded, and a new vote taken.

THE PROCESS

  1. The FIRST VOTE is taken. Any person receiving two-thirds or more of the votes is elected. (N.B.: This vote may result in no one being elected.)
  2. A SECOND VOTE is taken (if required). Any person receiving two-thirds or more votes is elected. If all available positions are not filled, 'automatic withdrawals" begin. The names of candidates receiving ONE-FIFTH or fewer of the votes are removed from the eligibility list. However, the number of candidates remaining must not be less than the number of positions still available plus one. (Candidates receiving the most votes are retained to satisfy this requirement. There may be cases where candidates who did not receive one-fifth of the votes remain on the list.)
  3. A THIRD VOTE is taken (if required). Any person receiving two-thirds or more of the votes is elected. If all available positions are not filled, the names of candidates receiving ONE-THIRD or fewer of the votes of the votes are removed from the eligibility list. However, the number of candidates remaining must not be less than the number of positions still available plus one. (Candidates who received the most votes are retained to satisfy this requirement. There may be cases where the candidates who did not receive one-third of the votes remain on the list.)
  4. A FOURTH VOTE is taken (if required). Any person receiving two-thirds or more of the votes is elected. If, at this point, positions remain unfilled, the names of candidates receiving ONE_THIRD or fewer of the votes are removed from the eligibility list. However, the number of candidates remaining must not be less than the number of positions still available plus one. (Candidates who received the most votes are retained to satisfy this requirement. There may be cases where candidates who did not receive one-third of the votes remain on the list. The chairperson then entertains a motion to:
    1. stop balloting and draw remaining names from the hat; or
    2. conduct and fifth and final vote.
  5. If (4a) above carries, the remaining names go into a hat, and positions are filled in the order that the names are drawn:
  6. If (4b) carries, a FINAL VOTE is taken. Any person receiving two-thirds or more of the votes is elected. If no election is made, remaining names go into the hat, and positions are filled in the order that the names are drawn.