I asked someone yesterday and according to that person (who definitely should know) the precedent has already been set to go back to the previous election and select the person with the most votes who did not get elected. In this instance, it would be Mike Buddai, which is a good thing.
Now, whether this mess of an organization will stick to precedent or not, I cannot say with any certainty. I think legally it should since nothing indicates how to fill vacancies in the by-laws. APPARENTLY they're so worried about all the BS that they can't even put policies in places for vacancies. No wonder Rod wanted out...
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