section .0100 – general provisions

Link to law: http://reports.oah.state.nc.us/ncac/title 21 - occupational licensing boards and commissions/chapter 34 - funeral service/subchapter c/21 ncac 34c .0101.html
Published: 2015

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subchapter 34c - crematories

 

section .0100 – general provisions

 

21 NCAC 34C .0101          ELECTION TO CREMATORY AUTHORITY

(a)  Definitions.  As used in this Rule:

(1)           "Crematory operator" shall have

the same meaning as the term "crematory licensee" defined in G.S.

90-210.121(12).

(2)           "Return official envelope" shall

mean the envelope in which the crematory operator places a completed ballot for

election to the Crematory Authority to return to the Board.

(3)           "Seat subject to election" means

the seat held by a member of the Crematory Authority whose term expires

December 31 of the calendar year in which the election is held.

(b)  The nomination and election of members of

the Crematory Authority shall be conducted as follows:

(1)           Every crematory operator with a current North Carolina license shall be eligible to vote.  The list of crematory operators with a

current North Carolina license at the time ballots are prescribed shall

constitute the registration list for elections.  The Board shall keep an

official list of all crematory operators in its office.  The Board shall post a

list of crematory operators indicating whether a return official envelope has

been returned during each election.

(2)           Nomination of candidates for election shall

be made to the Board by a written petition pursuant to 21 NCAC 34A .0103. 

Petitions for nomination must be filed with the Board between July 1 and August

1 of the calendar year preceding the expiration of the term of the seat subject

to election.  Any candidate who is nominated may withdraw his or her name after

filing written notice with the Board prior to the closing of the polls in any

election.

(3)           The following procedures shall apply to

ballots for election to the Crematory Authority:  

(A)          The Board shall prescribe ballots and determine the

time allowed for voting at its first meeting after nominations have closed. 

The ballots shall contain a listing of the nominees in alphabetical order;

instructions for voting; a method of identification; and other information the

Board deems necessary as required by law. 

(B)          At the same meeting where ballots are prescribed,

the Board shall designate a day for ballots to be mailed; a deadline for the

latest day and time for ballots to be returned; and the day and hour when

ballots will be canvassed and counted.  The Board shall set the deadline for

ballots to be returned to be at least 10 days after the time ballots are

mailed. 

(C)          The Board shall mail to each crematory operator a

ballot; a return official envelope; a notice designating the latest day and

hour for ballots to be received by the Board; a notice of when ballots will be

canvassed and counted; and other information the Board deems necessary as

required by law.  The return official envelope shall be addressed to the Board;

shall bear a serial number; and shall have printed on the left portion of its

face the following:

"Serial No. of Envelope      ______________________________________

Signature of Voter               ______________________________________

Address of Voter                  ______________________________________

(Note: The enclosed ballot is not valid unless the signature of

the voter is on this envelope)."  

(4)           Ballots shall be canvassed publicly at the

designated day and hour.  Any eligible voter may be present. No ballot shall be

canvassed unless it has been delivered in a sealed return official envelope to

the Board by hand or by U.S. mail before the latest day and hour designated by

the ballot for receipt. 

(5)           Ballots shall be counted as follows: 

(A)          All return official envelopes shall be displayed to

the persons present.  Any person present may challenge the qualification of the

voter whose signature appears on the return official envelope or the validity

of the return official envelope.  Any challenged return official envelope shall

be set aside, and the Board may hear the challenge either immediately or after

all unchallenged ballots have been counted. 

(B)          After all return official envelopes have been

displayed, the Board shall open all unchallenged return official envelopes,

extract the ballot without showing its marking as much as possible, and

separate each ballot from its return official envelope. 

(C)          After all ballots have been separated, the Board

shall display all ballots.  No ballot shall be valid if it is marked for more

nominees than there are positions to be filled in that election; \provided that

no ballot shall be rejected for any technical error unless it is impossible to

determine the voter's choice or choices from the ballot.   Any person present

may challenge the validity of the ballot only on the grounds of defects

appearing on the face of the ballot.  The Board may hear the challenge either

immediately or after all unchallenged ballots have been counted. 

(D)          After all ballots have been displayed, all

unchallenged ballots shall be counted, and all remaining challenges shall be

resolved by the Board.  The Board shall count the number of votes cast for each

candidate and the total number of votes cast.  If a candidate dies or withdraws

his or her nomination before polls are closed in any election, he or she shall

be eliminated from the contest, and any votes cast for him or her shall be

disregarded and shall not count toward the total number of votes cast.

(6)           The following procedures shall apply to

fill all seats subject to election:

(A)          To determine a majority of votes cast when there is

one seat subject to election, the total number of votes cast for all candidates

shall be divided by two, and any candidate receiving a number of votes

exceeding one half of the total number of votes cast shall be deemed to have

received a majority of votes cast and shall be deemed elected.  If no candidate

receives a majority of votes cast, the candidate receiving the highest vote

total shall be deemed elected.

(B)          To determine the majority of votes cast when there

are two seats subject to election, the total number of votes cast for all

candidates shall be divided by four, and any candidate receiving a number of

votes exceeding this sum shall be deemed to have received a majority of votes

cast.   Any candidate receiving a majority of votes cast shall be deemed

elected, but if more than two candidates receive a majority of votes cast, the

candidates receiving the two highest vote totals shall be deemed elected.  If

no candidate receives a majority of votes cast, the candidate receiving the

highest vote total shall be deemed elected.  If one candidate has been deemed

elected but one seat remains vacant because no other candidate received a

majority of votes cast, the candidate receiving the highest vote total among

candidates who did not receive a majority of votes cast shall be deemed

elected.

(C)          In any election where a candidate was deemed elected

but failed to receive a majority of votes cast, the candidate who received the

next highest vote total but was not elected may file a written petition

requesting a second election within ten days after the first election.  The

second election shall be between the petitioner and the candidate who was

deemed elected but did not receive a majority of votes cast.  The procedures in

paragraphs (b)(1) through (6) of this Rule shall apply to the second election

except where inconsistent with this subparagraph.  The candidate receiving the

majority of votes cast in the second election shall be deemed elected. 

(D)          If there is a tie vote between candidates in any

election, the tie shall be resolved by a vote of the Board.  If there is a tie

after a vote of the Board, the President of the Board may break the tie.

(E)           If, after nominations have closed, there is only

one candidate for each seat subject to election, the Board shall declare the

candidate or candidates elected without holding an election.  If, after

nominations have closed, there is no candidate for a seat subject to election

or if a candidate receiving a majority of votes cast dies or withdraws after

the election but before taking office, the Board shall fill the position by

majority vote.

(7)           Each new member shall take office on the

first day of his or her term unless the election to the Crematory Authority has

not completed by the beginning of the term, in which case the new member shall

take office immediately after the election has been completed.

(8)           If a member of the Board is nominated for

election to the Crematory Authority and does not withdraw his or her name, he

or she shall be disqualified from all matters pertaining to that election, and

the remaining members of the Board shall proceed without his or her

participation.

(9)           The Board shall keep the voting records

required by 21 NCAC 34A .0104 for a period of six months following the

election.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 90-210.122(c);

90-210.134(a);

Eff. July 1, 1991;

Amended Eff. July 1, 2004;

Temporary Amendment Eff. June 30, 2005;

Amended Eff. April 1, 2006.