(From MESA's Bylaws)
Article VI. Committees
Section 2. Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee shall be nominated at the Annual Meeting. The Board of Directors shall submit a list of at least eight names for five positions. Additional names may be proposed from the floor at the time of the Annual Meeting. The nominating committee shall be elected by a mail ballot before the Annual Meeting and under the supervision of the Executive Director. The five candidates receiving the highest number of votes shall be elected. The Executive Director shall serve as the non-voting chair of the Nominating Committee. The elected Nominating Committee shall proceed in the manner described in Article V, Section 2.
Article V. Officers
Section 2. Election of Officers. The President-Elect shall be elected biennially by the members. The Nominating Committee, described in Article VI, Section 2, shall nominate Fellows as candidates for office. It shall nominate two Fellows for the office of a President-Elect and four Fellows for the two vacancies of the Members of the Board. Additional nominations may be made by petition from the membership to the Nominating Committee. Any Fellow may be nominated a candidate for Officer or Member of the Board by a petition signed by twenty-five Fellows in good standing provided the petition is received by a date to be announced by the Nominating Committee in the Newsletter or by special mailing and the Nominating Committee shall place the names of all Fellows so nominated on the ballot.
The Committee shall, with the help of the Executive Director, conduct the ballot by mail. Ballots shall be sent out in sufficient time so that they may be reasonably returned by a deadline before the annual meeting. The Nominating Committee may instruct the Executive Director to count the ballots and to have the results certified by a notary public. A plurality of the votes cast shall be required for election. Only the Ballots of members in good standing shall be counted. In preparing the list of nominees, the Nominating Committee shall keep in mind the desirability of having representation on the Board from the various sections of the United States and Canada, as well as scholars representing interests in the several regions of the Middle East and the various disciplines prominent in Middle Eastern studies. Vacancies of Officers caused by failure to elect the full slate thereof or caused by death, resignation, removal or increase in the number of officers may be filled by a majority vote of the Board at a special meeting called for that purpose or at any regular meeting.