2016 New York Laws
RCO - Religious Corporations
Article 13 - (Religious Corporations) Spiritualist Churches.
267 - Organization and conduct of corporate meetings; qualifications of voters.
267. Organization and conduct of corporate meetings; qualifications of voters. At every corporate meeting of a church incorporated under this article all persons who for one year next preceding such meeting have worshipped with such church and have regularly contributed to its financial support, according to its usages, shall be qualified voters; but, if so decided, by a two-thirds vote at the original meeting or at any annual corporate meeting thereof, after notice of such meeting all members of such church and in good and regular standing, by admission to membership therewith, who have worshipped with such church for one year next preceding the meeting at which they vote, may also be admitted as qualified voters at corporate meetings. At such corporate meetings, the presence of at least seven persons qualified to vote thereat shall be necessary to constitute a quorum; and all matters or questions shall be decided by a majority of the qualified voters voting thereon, except that by-laws can only be adopted or amended by a two-thirds vote. The clerk or secretary of the corporation shall call the meeting to order; and under his supervision the qualified voters then present shall choose a presiding officer and two inspectors of election to receive the ballots cast. The presiding officer and the inspectors of election shall declare the result of the ballots cast on any matter and shall be the judges of the qualifications of the voters. At such annual corporate meeting, successors to those trustees whose terms of office then expire shall be elected by ballot from the qualified voters, for a term of three years thereafter, and until their successors shall be elected. A clerk or secretary of the corporation shall be elected by ballot, who shall hold office until the close of the next annual meeting, and until his successor shall be elected.
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