At the opening of each election season, voting-eligible members receive ballot information and online voting credentials from an independent election management company. To be counted, a ballot must be received on or before the date specified. The independent election management company counts the eligible ballots, certifies the count, and notifies the president, Nominations Committee chair, and the executive director with the results of the election. The president then notifies all candidates of the election outcome. The candidate receiving the highest number of votes for a particular office is declared elected. In the case of a tie vote, the election is decided by secret ballot of the Executive Board. We keep all ballots for at least (30) days following an election.