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Virtual Meetings, Registration, Balloting, and Voting

Meeting Registration Requirements

Attendees must register to attend, to allow the PTA to verify their membership. A non-member who intends to run from the floor can register and be approved to attend as a guest, however, only members can vote on PTA business.

A designee should regularly check the registration form to ensure the PTA will have quorum at the meeting. Inevitably things change and people who register may become unavailable to attend. Continue posting announcements of the meeting until at least twice the number of your quorum have registered.

Balloting Requirements

Ballot voting should be used for the purpose of collecting membership votes anonymously. Virtual elections that are contested must be conducted using ballots. A Ballot template for a PTA Election can be found here. Please make a copy and customize for your PTA by clicking the three dots in the upper right hand corner and choosing "Make a Copy." If you don’t make a copy, everyone will have access to edit your ballot.

When using ballots, the following requirements apply:

There are various free platforms and apps that may be helpful when hosting your virtual meeting(s), based on the guidance herein.

Platforms, Apps, and Tools to Meet Requirements

Virtual Meetings

Please note, each of these tools will have features and limitations that make them more or less useful for your PTA. Some options include:

Mention of these companies does not imply endorsement by Texas PTA. A resource to compare platforms can be found here.

*Please note that Zoom’s free Basic plan normally limits conference calls to 40 minutes, but this rule has been temporarily lifted for K-12 schools impacted by COVID-19. Click here to learn how to access this offer, and how to verify your school using its official email address.

It is imperative that you regularly check for updated security features from Zoom. Some of our PTAs have had their meetings hacked and inappropriate images were shared by the hackers, forcing them to contact authorities. 

Some recommendations to keep Zoom Meetings secure:

Registration and Balloting

Texas PTA recommends using a free survey tool for meeting registration, balloting, and voting. Some free options include:

Tips on creating a Google Form can be found here (a ballot template is above in the Balloting Requirements section).

Survey Monkey also has a free version. You must set the account up ahead of time and have any questions ready, including the names of the candidates, when preparing the survey.

Mention of these companies does not imply endorsement by Texas PTA. A resource to compare them can be found here.

Other Voting

If voting does not require an anonymous or ballot vote, a PTA should first try a voice vote. If the results of a voice vote cannot be determined, a PTA may consider using any of the following tools:

Mention of these services does not imply endorsement by Texas PTA.

Texas PTA recommends using the least amount of means for voting during a virtual meeting to minimize confusion and error.

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Virtual Meeting and Elections Guidelines through July 31, 2021

Guidelines for Executive Board, Committee, Membership and Events through July 31, 2021