By-Laws: Article VII – Amendments
Amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws and to the standard for the breed may beproposed by the Board of Directors or by written petition addressed to the Corresponding Secretary signed by twenty (20) percent of the membership in good standing. Amendments proposed by such petition shall be promptly considered by the Board of Directors and must be submitted to the members with recommendations of the Board by the Recording Secretary for a vote no later than three (3) months of the date when the petition was received by the Corresponding Secretary.
The Constitution and Bylaws or the standard for the breed may be amended at any time, provided a copy of the proposed amendment has been mailed by the Recording Secretary to each member in good standing on the date of the mailing, accompanied by a ballot on which a choice for or against the action(s) to be taken shall be indicated. Dual envelope procedures described in Article IV, Section 4(e) shall be followed in handling such ballots to ensure secrecy of the vote. Notice with such ballot shall specify a date not less than thirty (30) days, nor greater than forty five (45) days after, the date postmarked on the ballots sent by the Recording Secretary for the vote by which date the ballots must be returned to the Recording Secretary to be counted. Any ballot mailed or sent to a person(s) other than the Recording Secretary (or designated professional firm) shall be deemed invalid, and void. The favorable vote of three fourths (3/4ths) of the members in good standing who return valid ballots within the time limit shall be required to effect any such amendment.
No amendment to the constitution and bylaws that is adopted by the club shall become effective until it has been approved by the Board of Directors of The American Kennel Club.