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Ranked-Choice Voting

Amends the election procedures to use ranked-choice voting instead of plurality voting. The rationale is that plurality voting for single-positions with more than two candidates or choices creates vote-splitting and can result in the lesser-preferred candidate or choice being selected. This is particularly true when voters have very little information about how others intend to vote. Ranked-choice voting is resistant to tactical voting and is a much more robust system for determining the will of the voting population. We already use it for the topic vote.


Amendment process

Add new section to Article VIII. Amendments to the constitution and bylaws.
Section 4. Amendments by the Executive Council.
A. An amendment to the constitution or bylaws may be proposed by a two-thirds vote of the Executive Council.
B. The proposed amendment shall be distributed to the membership for review.
C. After at least 30 days of review, the Executive Secretary will distribute a ballot containing the proposed amendment.
D. The amendment will pass with a majority of those voting.


CEDA Nats eligibility

Article X, Section 2
Section 2: Students may participate in no more than five National CEDA Tournaments.

Article X, Section 4. A. 3
3. That a student competing for a certain school has already participated in five National CEDA Tournaments.

Rationale: If we are going to allow students to debate for five years we should allow them to debate in our national tournament five times. Unlike the NDT allowing additional debaters into our national tournament does not trade off with other students attending.


Change topic date

Current Wording:
Section 2: By May 1 the committee will report to the Executive Secretary no fewer than three
problem areas to be voted upon by the general membership. In early July the committee will
report to the Executive Secretary no fewer than three resolutions corresponding to the winning
topic area.

Proposed Amendment
Change May 1 to May 8.


Odekirk Service Award

Desaray Odekirk Service Award--
During the CEDA National Tournament, the CEDA President, Executive Council, along with consultation of the Tournament Host when necessary, will determine recipient(s) worthy of the Desaray Odekirk Service Award. The award, unlimited in number, shall be presented to any person(s) making a significant contribution to the hosting, management, preparation of that years CEDA National Tournament.


JV Eligibility 2015

Replaces the current language with the following:
A debater is eligible to compete in junior varsity if they have less than two years of collegiate policy debate experience at the varsity or junior varsity level or until they meet two of the following conditions, whichever occurs first:
1) Advances to finals of three college policy debate tournaments in junior varsity, varsity, or open that clears to at least a full quarterfinals in the division.
2) Has over 100 rounds of collegiate policy debate
3) Qualified to the Tournament of Champions


JV Eligibility - JV Nationals

JV Rule Change #2

After the statement “An exception will be made for Junior Varsity National Tournaments.” add the following: This exception only applies to the year in which the student was forced to progress.

Existing Rule


JV Eligibility - Prior rounds

JV Rules Change #1


JV Eligibility

JV Rules Change


Novice Eligibility

Novice Rule Change



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