New Jersey State Bar Association - The voluntary Bar Association of New Jersey, serving members since 1899.

For Immediate Release

05/07/13

Kate Coscarelli

Sr. Director of Communications

732-937-7548

2013 NJSBA Election results

Message from NJSBA President Kevin P. McCann
2013 NJSBA Election results

 
Votenet Solutions Inc., which administered the recent election for leadership positions and bylaws proposals, reported yesterday the results of the voting.
 
Voting began April 15 and concluded at 5 p.m. yesterday. Roughly 16,100 general members of the state bar association were eligible to vote. Voters could cast their ballot either electronically or using a paper ballot.
 
The results are:
 
Candidates:
Second Vice President :

Nancy Erika Smith - 1,847 votes
Thomas H. Prol – 1,058 votes
Kenneth Vercammen - 821 votes
 
Secretary:
John E. Keefe Jr. - 2,335 votes
Bonnie Blume Goldsamt - 1,319 votes
 
At-Large Trustee:
Christine A. Amalfe – 1,249 votes
Christina Vassiliou - 846 votes
Amy Sara Cores - 761 votes
Marla Marinucci - 588 votes
 
The NJSBA bylaws provide the following when no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast:

NJSBA Bylaws Article IV – Elections

10. Where there are more than two individuals competing for a position with more than one vacancy, the nominees with the highest number of votes shall be elected to the vacant positions, regardless of whether any one nominee receives a majority of votes. Where there are more than two individuals competing for a position with one vacancy, a nominee must receive a majority of votes to be elected. If, after the first round of balloting, no nominee receives a majority of votes where a majority is required, or there is a tie vote among nominees for any position, the Election Committee shall cause appropriate ballots to be prepared in accordance with these bylaws for the nominees receiving the two highest number of votes or the nominees who are in a tie. The ballots shall be transmitted within thirty days following the end of the Annual Meeting and shall be returned so as to be received at Association headquarters, or such other place as designated by the Election Committee, not later than 20 days following transmission. If, after the second round of balloting, there is a tie vote for any position, the Board of Trustees shall vote as soon as practicable thereafter to elect one of the nominees who are in a tie to fill the position for which they are competing.
 
Bylaws proposals:
In addition to the candidates, the membership voted on five proposals to change the association’s bylaws.  All five were approved by two-thirds of those voting on each question.
 
The results are:
 
The membership approved, by a vote of 2332 to 1062, a proposal to include a requirement for association officers and trustees eligibility that stated: To be eligible to serve as an officer or trustee “a member’s practice of law shall be primarily in the state of New Jersey.”
 
A proposal was approved, by a vote of 2940 to 473, an amendment requiring members of the Board of Trustees to maintain an active email account and clarify that the board may act on urgent matters by email under certain conditions.
 
The members approved, by a vote of 3026 to 362, a clarification that no member may serve in more than one officer or trustee position at any one time, and that a sitting trustee elected to an officer position is deemed to have resigned from his or her trustee post at the end of any potential challenge period without opposition, and the resignation is effective upon the start of service as an officer.
 
A proposal was approved, by a vote of 2985 to 406, to clarify that the Board of Trustees has the authority to reorganize sections or divisions that have become inactive.
 
The membership approved, by a vote of 2626 to 752, a proposal to include the immediate past president on the Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee.