Not less than (10) days nor more than thirty (30) days before an Annual or Special Meeting of the Members at which Directors are to be elected, the Secretary of the Cooperative shall mail to each Member a list of the candidates selected at the District Meetings, the names to be arranged by Districts and in the order of preference indicated by the respective District vote. This list may be included with the Notice of the Meeting. At the meeting, the secretary of the meeting shall place in nomination the names of the official candidates of each District from which the directors are to be elected. Additional nominations for Directors for a particular District may be made from the floor. The person making a nomination from the floor, as well as the nominee, must reside in the District for which the nomination is being made. Election of Directors for any District for which more than one person has been nominated, whether nominated from the floor at the Annual Meeting or at the preceding District Meeting, shall be by written ballot. Where only one person has been nominated for Director from any District, a voice vote shall be taken and the result forthwith declared by the chairman. Where more than one person has been nominated for Director for any District at the preceding District Meeting, the ballots shall list the candidates selected at the District Meetings, the names to be arranged by Districts and in the order of preference indicated by the respective District vote. A candidate nominated from the floor of the meeting may be voted for by writing in the name of such candidate. Each Member of the Cooperative present at the meeting shall be entitled to vote for one candidate from each District from which Directors are to be elected. The candidate from each District from which a Director is to be elected receiving the highest number of votes at this meeting shall be declared elected as Director.
In the event of a tie vote on the nominees for Director from a District, then the nominees receiving an equal number of votes shall be given the opportunity to address the Membership (for no more than two (2) minutes each) in support of his or her candidacy, whereupon another vote shall be taken on such nominees. In the event there is another tie vote between such nominees, the Director shall be selected by the flip of a coin.