I see some folks seem to be confused about how NRA elections work.Â I’ve noticed questions in comments on other blogs too.Â NRA has some internal protections in place to prevent exactly this type of scenario:
“I had this grand plan — if they had four million members, I’d get five million Americans to join [NRA], vote for me, and then I’d dismantle the organization,” – Michael Moore
Fancy plan, but it won’t easily work.Â NRA has voter eligibility requirements, and seventy six board seats, none of which are ever up for election at the same time. The board does not direct day to day activities of NRA, but they do hire Chris Cox and Wayne LaPierre.Â They also oversee various activities of the Association through various committees. Seventy five of the board members are elected to three year terms.Â The seventy sixth board member is only elected to a one year term every year at the annual meeting.Â Who ends up on the ballot is determined by the Nominating Committee, which is largely composed of existing board members. Â NRA membership can run petition candidates on the ballot to bypass the Nominating Committee process.Â Driving change within NRA is a slow process, and would require a prolonged desire by membership to move in a certain direction.
But back to voter eligibility.Â All life members are eligible to vote in NRA yearly elections. People with continuing memberships are eligible to vote after five unbroken years.Â If you have let your membership lapse at any period of time in the past five years, you’re not eligible to vote in NRA elections.Â When you are eligible to vote, you will get a ballot included in your issue of National Rifleman, America’s First Freedom, or whichever NRA publication your subscribe to.Â Your existing publication for this month probably contains bios, but may not contain a ballot if you’re a new member.Â If you’re pretty sure you’ve had five unbroken years of membership, and your issue doesn’t have a ballot in it, call NRA’s membership number and see about getting one if you want to vote.Â I have heard of people failing to get ballots when they were eligible to vote.