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Organization and conduct of corporate meetings; qualification of voters thereat
Religious Corporations (RCO) CHAPTER 51, ARTICLE 10
§ 195. Organization and conduct of corporate meetings; qualification
of voters thereat. At a corporate meeting of an incorporated church to
which this article is applicable the following persons, and no others,
shall be qualified voters, to wit: All persons who are then members in
good and regular standing of such church by admission into full
communion or membership therewith in accordance with the rules and
regulations thereof, and of the governing ecclesiastical body, if any,
of the denomination or order to which the church belongs, or who have
been stated attendants on divine worship in such church and have
regularly contributed to the financial support thereof during the year
next preceding such meeting; and any other church incorporated under
this article, may at any annual corporate meeting thereof, or any
corporate meeting called pursuant to the provisions of this article, if
notice of the intention so to do has been given with the notice of such
meeting, determine that thereafter only members of such church shall be
qualified voters at corporate meetings thereof. The presence at such
meetings of at least six persons qualified to vote thereat shall be
necessary to constitute a quorum. The action of the meeting upon any
matter or question shall be decided by a majority of the qualified
voters voting thereon, a quorum being present. The first named of the
following persons who is present at such meeting shall preside thereat,
to wit: The minister of such church, the officiating minister thereof;
the officers thereof in the order of their age beginning with the
oldest, any qualified voters elected therefor at the meeting. The
presiding officer of the meeting shall receive the votes, be the judge
of qualifications of voters and declare the result of the votes cast on
any matter. The polls of an annual corporate meeting shall continue open
for one hour, and longer in the discretion of the presiding officer, or
if required by a majority of the qualified voters present. At each
annual corporate meeting, successors to those trustees whose terms of
office then expire, shall be elected from the qualified voters by
ballot, for a term of three years thereafter.