Title 7
Corporations, Associations, and Partnerships

Chapter 6
Rhode Island Nonprofit Corporation Act

R.I. Gen. Laws § 7-6-20

§ 7-6-20. Voting.

(a) The right of the members, or any class or classes of members, to vote may be limited, enlarged, or denied to the extent specified in the articles of incorporation or the bylaws. Unless limited, enlarged, or denied, each member, regardless of class, is entitled to one vote on each matter submitted to a vote of members.

(b) A member entitled to vote may vote in person or, unless the articles of incorporation or the bylaws provide otherwise, may vote by proxy executed in writing by the member or by his or her authorized attorney in fact. No proxy is valid after eleven (11) months from the date of its execution, unless otherwise provided in the proxy. Where directors or officers are to be elected by members, the bylaws may provide that the elections may be conducted by mail.

(c) The articles of incorporation or the bylaws may provide that in all elections for directors every member entitled to vote has the right to cumulate his or her vote and to give one candidate a number of votes equal to his or her vote multiplied by the number of directors to be elected, or by distributing the votes on the same principle among any number of candidates.

(d) If a corporation has no members or its members have no right to vote, the directors have the sole voting power.

History of Section.
P.L. 1984, ch. 380, § 1; P.L. 1984, ch. 444, § 1.