2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
TITLE 17B - INSURANCE
Section 17B:18-25 - Method of electing when no demand is made by public directors
17B:18-25. Method of electing when no demand is made by public directors
If the public directors shall file no demand that other candidates be nominated, the election shall be according to the method prescribed in this section as follows:
a. The candidates shall be those so nominated by the board of directors and no others, subject to the nomination of substitute candidates in the case of death or withdrawal of a candidate as provided in paragraph d. of this section.
b. Tellers to receive and count the votes and to determine the validity thereof shall be appointed by the chief executive officer of the corporation and such tellers shall conduct the election. Ballots shall be prepared by the corporation and shall be furnished to voters present at the election. Any qualified voter who shall make proper application to the corporation therefor in writing not later than 60 days before the date of the election, stating his name, address, policy number and date of birth, shall be furnished a ballot not less than 30 days before the date of the election, accompanied by a gummed postpaid return envelope addressed to the corporation at the place of the election, on which the words "Ballot for Directors" shall be printed and such ballot so applied for and furnished may be cast by mail. Each qualified voter of the corporation shall be entitled to cast one vote and no ballot shall be counted unless it is cast in person by a qualified voter at the election, or, in the case of a ballot cast by mail, unless it is received by the tellers at the place of the election before the polls close on the date of the election. No ballot shall be counted unless it shall set forth the number of the voter's policy and be signed by him in person, nor if cast for any person other than one nominated as herein provided. The polls shall be open between 10 o'clock in the forenoon and 2 o'clock in the afternoon on the date of the election, and no other business shall be transacted at the election.
c. All ballots voted shall be received by the tellers subject to verification and ascertainment of the validity thereof and of the qualification of the voters. Immediately upon the closing of the polls, the tellers shall proceed to canvass the votes. All ballots received by the tellers shall at the conclusion of the election be placed in sealed packages and preserved by them for at least 1 year from the date of the election. At the conclusion of the canvass, the tellers shall report in writing the result thereof to the secretary of the corporation and he shall thereupon make a certificate setting forth the result of the election as shown by such report and shall file the same with the commissioner.
d. In case of the death or withdrawal of any candidate prior to a date 50 days before the date of the election, the board of directors shall by a vote of a majority of its entire number nominate a candidate in his place by filing not later than 40 days before the date of the election a certificate similar to that required for an original nomination by the board of directors; and in case of the death or withdrawal of any candidate within 50 days of the date of the election, no substitution of a candidate shall be made to take the place of the candidate so dying or withdrawing and the election shall nevertheless proceed. If the report of the canvass of the votes at the election shows that the candidate so dying or withdrawing, for whom no substitution shall have been made, would have been elected except for the fact of his death or withdrawal, a vacancy in the board of directors shall be deemed to have occurred as of the date of the election.
e. No election shall be held invalid by reason of any irregularity or failure in preparation or forwarding of any ballots pursuant to sections 17B:18-18 to 17B:18-28, inclusive. All voting shall be by the ballots so provided and shall be according to the provisions of said sections, any existing law of the State to the contrary notwithstanding.
L.1971, c. 144, s. 17B:18-25.