Voting has opened, Constitution must earn majority in at least three grades to pass

BALLOT: Online voting on a multi-part amendment to the Just Community constitution is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. today.

BALLOT: Online voting on a multi-part amendment to the Just Community constitution is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. today.

Jacob Joseph Lefkowitz Brooks, Editor-in-Chief

Today’s vote on the amended Just Community constitution will have to pass with a two-thirds majority, and also three of four grades will need to pass it by majority vote for it to be approved, Fairness Co-chair Gilad Spitzer wrote on Schoology this morning.

Quoting the original 2002 constitution and an amendment about amendments that was passed in 2010, he described a two-step test for the new document to take effect.

“As per a 2010 amendment to the Constitution (see Buckley’s amendment to amend is ratified), amendment approval requires a two-thirds majority vote,” Gilad wrote on the Just Community page. “It also “require[s] that three out of the four grades each pass amendments by majority vote.”

The Fairness Committee has been in charge of voting since a community-wide vote last fall.

While today’s ballot only has one question — yes or no on the constitution — it also asks for each voter’s email address. Since students’ email addresses begin with their graduation year, a computer program will be able to tally vote percentages by grade, Gilad said.

The requirements for amendments follow a 2010 amendment written by former teacher Mr. Chris Buckley, which reduced the required percentage for amendments from three-fourths to two-thirds.

Voting opened this morning at 9 a.m. and will continue until 5 p.m, the Schoology announcement said. All members of the Just Community, including teachers, administration and other staff, may vote at this link.