The USPSA Board of Directors is considering an important amendment to our bylaws that could expand voting eligibility to more of our members. Our current voting eligibility bylaw, 6.3, requires continuous membership for a year prior to an election's cutoff date. We understand that certain circumstances may have caused temporary lapses in memberships, and we believe these members should not be excluded from the voting process.
As such, we propose a change that allows a grace period of 60 days within the one-year membership continuity requirement. The new bylaw will read:
6.3 Eligibility to Vote: United States citizens or lawful permanent residents with a current USPSA membership that has an original membership date prior to the cutoff date of the election are eligible to vote. After 1/1/2023, United States citizens or lawful permanent residents with a current USPSA membership that has an original membership date one year prior to the cut-off date of the election are eligible to vote. Membership cannot have an interruption longer than 60 days during the one-year period before the cutoff date of the election.
We believe this bylaw modification is an essential step toward being more inclusive and understanding of our members' circumstances.
We encourage all members to consider this proposed change and provide any feedback or concerns. Our aim is to ensure the USPSA community is fully represented in our decision-making process, and we believe this proposed change is a positive step towards that goal.
Thank you for your attention to this matter and your continued support of USPSA.