The following guidelines explain the role of voting delegates.
Who Is the Delegate Body?
The Delegate Body is part of the NAR governance structure. It is composed of the presidents of member boards, or any person they designate and accredit to serve as their alternate. Delegates represent every member of a local board or association.
Who Can Be Certified As a Delegate?
The chief elected officer of a Member Board, also known as the president, is customarily certified to be the delegate. If the chief elected officer of a Member Board is unable to attend the meeting, then an alternate delegate may be certified as the delegate. This alternate must be a member of the Member Board for which he or she is casting the vote.
Function of the Delegate Body
The duties of the Delegate Body are to vote on the amendments to NAR’s Constitution and Code of Ethics. These duties are accomplished at the Delegate Body Meeting held at the REALTORS® Conference & Expo, or if the President calls a special meeting.
Preparing for the Delegate Body Meeting
The Delegate Body agenda and the proposed amendments to the NAR Constitution and the Code of Ethics are sent to the member boards 30 days prior to the meeting and are included as part of this notice.
It is important that you read and understand the proposed amendments to NAR’s Constitution and Code of Ethics because you will be voting to change the Association’s governing documents.
At the Delegate Body Meeting
Association Executives are allowed to sit next to their delegate during the Delegate Body Meeting, but are not allowed to vote.
There will be check-in stations located outside the meeting room. Check-in will open at 10:00 a.m. Upon check-in, each delegate MUST present a picture ID along with the Delegate Body Certification Confirmation.
There will be special check-in stations for delegates casting votes for multiple boards. Delegates voting for multiple boards should allow extra time to check into the Delegate Body Meeting.
At check-in, each delegate will receive the following:
- Delegate Body Agenda and Handouts
- Voting Delegate Ribbon
- Voting Ballots
Only certified delegates are allowed to vote. A large sign will designate the area reserved for your region. It is important that delegates sit within their respective region.
A delegate is entitled to cast as many votes as his/her board has REALTOR® and REALTOR-ASSOCIATE® members in good standing as of Sept. 30 of the current year. A delegate may not divide his/her board’s votes. Voting by proxy is not permitted. Delegates voting for multiple boards/associations will cast votes for each board/association separately.
Amendments to NAR’s Constitution and the Code of Ethics must be approved by two-thirds vote.
The Delegate Body is an important part of the Association’s governing structure. Your participation as a voting delegate assures that members receive representation at the National level.
Thank you for your participation as a voting delegate!