kwildman wrote:yes that is the correct procedure... and if no one is elected the second time then you can x out the ballots, ect.
Again, I refer you to the GOA:
The votes are counted in private by the election team
and the unit leader to determine who has been
elected. All votes count equally. If at least one has
been elected, the election result is final. If no one is
the OA team announces this fact and states
that the unit will now be given the opportunity to vote
again. Time is allowed for further explanation of the
purpose of the Order and the election procedures,
and for any questions. (No information about the
votes received by candidates is to be revealed at any
time.) The second ballot is then held immediately,
and if the unit still elects no one, this is the final
result for the year’s election. The OA team places a
check mark next to the names of those who have been
It never says to X out any ballots. In fact, since it explicitly directs the team to place a check mark next to names of those who have been elected, I suggest anyone who does X out ballot should be very careful to ensure the entire name is crossed out so that someone might not accidentally think it was a mark next to the name.
However, all of this is getting very far away from my original post, which was in support of counting the ballots immediately (since someone suggested a team wasn't doing that), and I made a comment about something special happening if nobody was elected on the first ballot. (I apologize: I was sloppy and left off the phrase "on the first ballot" in my original post, but I assumed it was obvious. I guess I should always remember what assuming does!