On February 14, ICMA canvassed member votes on the four proposed amendments to the ICMA Constitution. The proposals, proposed and endorsed by the ICMA Executive Board, addressed expanding the opportunity for Affiliate members to vote, serve on the ICMA Executive Board, and serve on the ICMA Regional Nominating Committee. An additional proposal addressed revising the timeline for implementing approved Constitutional amendments.

Amendments to the ICMA Constitution require the approval of Full (Corporate) members. Eligible members had the opportunity between January 10 and February 10 to review the background information and to vote via the electronic ballot or by mail if they did not have an email address on file with ICMA. As per the Constitution, three Full members oversaw the tally of the final results.

Of the 7,565 eligible voters, 1,826 (24%) participated. All four proposed amendments to the Constitution were approved.

Here are the results:

On the proposal to extend voting privileges to Affiliate members serving in an appointed position in local government who have 5 years of local government experience and 5 years of ICMA membership:

Approve         1,333
Reject               491
No Vote                2

On the proposal to extend eligibility to serve on the board in the designated non-CAO position to Affiliate members serving in an appointed position in a local government who have 5 years of local government experience and 5 years of ICMA membership:

Approve         1,214
Reject               608
No Vote                4

On the proposal to allow any ICMA member serving in an appointed position in local government and in good standing to serve as the appointed representative to the Regional Nominating Committee:

Approve         1,418
Reject               406
No Vote                2

On the proposal to amend the Constitution to remove the current requirement that amendments to the Constitution take place 10 days from the vote and replace it with the requirement that any proposed ballot amendment will include an implementation timeline:

Approve         1,671
Reject               152
No Vote                3

View the newly revised ICMA Constitution on the website.

Members who are now eligible to vote as a result of this constitutional change will be receiving a communication shortly. They will be eligible to vote in the upcoming ballot this May.  Other members will be notified as they become eligible to vote and serve on the board.

Members with questions can email membership@icma.org.

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