The NRA Board of Directors is comprised of 76 members. Why so many? Largely because it tends to promote stability. This is both good, and bad, but in my opinion mostly good. The upside to a large board is that no single board member or faction within NRA’s membership wields a tremendous amount of influence. In order to make macroscopic changes at NRA, it really does require a broad and sustaining consensus among the membership. The downside to a large board is what I just mentioned. Rapid, macroscopic changes are very difficult to affect.
Board elections happen every year. Board members are elected to a three year term, and at no time is more than 1/3rd of the board up for election in any one year. Board members don’t run against one another directly. The top 25 vote getters are the ones who get a seat on the board. If you are a life member, or have been a continuous NRA member for five years, when you get your ballot in the mail, you can vote for up to 25 people. I typically don’t use all 25 of my votes, as I try to only vote for the candidates I have good information about.
But 25 seats over three years is only 75, and there are 76 board members. Well, the 76th board seat is elected only to a period of one year, and the 76th board member is voted on at Annual Meeting (in Phoenix this year). If you go to Annual Meeting, you will notice people campaigning for 76th board member. It’s common for someone who almost made it in the mail-in ballot election to try for this seat, and then run again the following year for a three year board seat.
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