N.Y. Religious Corporations Law Section 164
Organization and conduct of corporate meetings

  • qualifications of voters

At every corporate meeting of a 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 by-laws thereof, provided that if the by-laws so provide, persons who have statedly worshiped with such church and have regularly contributed to its financial support for not less than one year preceding such meeting shall also be qualified voters. At such corporate meetings, the presence of at least six persons qualified to vote thereat shall be necessary to constitute a quorum; and all matters or questions shall be decided by a majority of the qualified voters voting thereon, except that by-laws can be adopted or amended only by a two-thirds vote. The clerk of the corporation shall call the meeting to order; and under his supervision the qualified voters then present shall choose a presiding officer and two inspectors of election to receive the ballots cast. The presiding officer and the inspectors of election shall declare the result of the ballots cast on any matter and shall be the judges of the qualifications of voters. At each annual corporate meeting, successors to those trustees whose terms of office then expire shall be elected by ballot from the qualified voters, for a term of three years thereafter, and until their successors shall be elected. A clerk of the corporation shall be elected by ballot, who shall hold office until the closing of the next annual meeting, and until his successor shall be elected.

Source: Section 164 — Organization and conduct of corporate meetings; qualifications of voters, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/RCO/164 (updated Sep. 22, 2014; accessed Jun. 15, 2024).

Jun. 15, 2024

Last modified:
Sep. 22, 2014

§ 164’s source at nysenate​.gov

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