Elections will be starting on MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2015. Got your attention now? ;-) You may see this information in more than one location because we want to be sure that everyone is aware. Please link one of the posts on your Facebook pages so that we catch as many as possible. The Mantle states the following for the election process: Battalion and Regiment Battalion Commanding Officer (BCO) and Regiment Commanding Officer (RCO) are elected by popular vote of the active members of their respective unit. Executive Office and Membership Officer of Battalion and Regiment are appointed by their respective CO. CO may appoint other administrative positions within their unit as needed. Active Deployed members in good standing are eligible to run for CO. Deployed members are eligible to nominate and vote in elections within their currently assigned unit. Members that are classified as reserve, retired, suspended, or discharged may not vote unless their status has been changed back to active before voting begins. Notice of upcoming elections will be posted on the 405th.com at least one week prior to the beginning of the nomination period. Elections for CO positions are held once every two years. Elections will begin at 12:01am PST on the 1st Wednesday of January. Nominations will be open for 4 days beginning on Wednesday and concluding on the Saturday immediately following. At 12:01am PST on Sunday, a question-and-answer period begins and runs for 4 days, closing on the Wednesday immediately following. Commanding Officers are elected by the popular vote of the members of their unit. Voting will open Thursday following the question-and-answer period and be available for 4 days, ending on the following Sunday. Election results will be announced on Monday. The remainder of the month is reserved for transitioning between administrations. Elected candidates will take office at 12:01am PST on February 1st. If no one challenges an incumbent leader of a unit, an election may be waived. For this election and this election only, things are different simply because we technically do not have any members as of yet. We are also reducing the amount of time so that we can get the elections completed by April 1st. All Regiments are being approved. Having said that, the logos have not yet been approved. We will be contacting the CO's following the election to get that process taken care of. Who can vote? For this election, and this election only, any registered member who currently has access to their local regiment forum will be able to vote. Next year when our first standardized election occurs, only Tier C and Tier D members will be eligible to vote, per the Mantle. Again, we are only bending the rules this first time because we do not officially have any members in place yet. After the 2016 elections, CO elections will happen every 2 years, unless there is need to replace the current CO. Who can be nominated? For this election, and this election only, any registered member who currently has access to their local regiment forum can nominate anyone within their Regiment. However, for this first election, the Division staff will be vetting nominees based on activity and registration length. Also, keep in mind that only be Tier D members will be eligible for nomination in 2016. Time period? For this election only - each phase in the election process will be 4 days. All times are based on Pacific Standard Time. Nominations will begin on Monday, March 16 at 12:01 a.m. They will end at 12:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 20. Q&A will begin on Friday, March 21st at 12:01 a.m. and will end on Monday, March 23rd at 12:00 a.m. Voting will run from Tuesday, March 24th at 12:00 a.m. to Friday, March 27th at 12:00 a.m. The positions will officially start on Wednesday, April 1st to allow time for us to make sure the elected people have the proper permissions etc. Rules: Each nomination needs three parts - nomination, a second (from a different person) and acceptance by the nominated person. If it is missing any of those three, the nomination fails. If you're going to nominate someone, please speak to them first to ensure that they wish to run. You can nominate yourself, and you can self second a nomination for you by someone else. However, you cannot do both. The first nomination and the second must in all circumstances come from two different people, but one of those people can be the person being nominated. The election process will happen in the members only area for each Regiment on this forum. Please tell me as soon as possible if you do not have access to this forum but believe that you should. Any questions? Please feel free to ask!