Unit bylaws or regulations must provide for democratic elections by giving each unit member the opportunity to vote for unit board members. Unit regulations should permit only paid members and life members, who are members in good standing, to vote. A short waiting period before new members may vote is permissible.

ACBL recommends that the unit board appoint a nominating committee. Most committee members should not be board members. This committee prepares a slate of candidates to be placed in nomination for the election. The bylaws should provide for nominations that originate outside the nominating committee.

Democratic elections require secret ballots when there are two or more candidates in competition for an office, or when an issue has been submitted to the electorate for a decision. ACBL does not permit proxy votes in an election.