PARKVIEW BIBLE CHURCH
380 N. 18th STREET
HAMILTON, IL. 62341
CONSTITUTION OF PARK VIEW BIBLE CHURCH
So that things
may be done decently and in order before God and our fellow
man and that we may more readily help each other serve our Lord
and Savior Jesus Christ, we declare and establish this constitution
to which we voluntarily submit ourselves.
NAME AND PURPOSE
SECTION 1 - NAME
of believers shall be known as the Park View Bible Church of Hamilton,
SECTION 2 - PURPOSE
(A) This congregation
is organized as a church exclusively for charitable, religious,
and educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c)
(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding
provision of any future United States Revenue Law), including,
but not limited to, for such purposes, the establishing and maintaining
of religious worship, the building, maintaining and operating of
churches, and any other ministries that the church may be led of
God to establish.
(B) The church
shall advance the cause of our Saviour by gathering for
the public worship of God; evangelizing the unsaved by proclaiming
of the Gospel of Christ; educating believers in a manner consistent
with the requirements of Holy Scriptures, both in Sunday
and weekday schools of Christian education; ordain and license
men to the Gospel ministry; maintain missionary activities
in the United States and any foreign country; and engage
in any other ministry that the church may decide, from time
to time, to pursues in obedience to the will of God.
STATEMENT OF FAITH AND COVENANT
SECTION 1 - STATEMENT OF FAITH
the Old and New Testament Scriptures to be the verbal and
plenary inspired Word of God; are inerrant in the original writing
and are our infallible authority for faith and practice. (II
Timothy 3:16, 17; II Peter 1:20, 21; I Corinthians 2:10-13; I
We believe in
one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son,
and Holy Spirit. Each coeternal in being, coidentical in
nature, coequal in power and glory, and having the same attributes
We believe in
the Deity, Virgin Birth and sinless perfection of Jesus Christ.
In His incarnation, He was fully God and fully man. He was
crucified, was buried and rose again bodily accomplishing our
redemption and justification, and ascended to the right of the
Father as our High Priest. (John 1:1, 14; 14:9; Matthew
1:23; 1 John 3:5; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 4:25; 8:34;
Acts 1:9; Hebrews 4:14)
We believe in
the Person and work of the Holy Spirit which includes conviction
of sin, regeneration of sinners, the baptizing and sealing into
the body of Christ and indwelling of the believer at the time
of salvation. (John 16:8; Titus 3:5; I Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians
1:13; Romans 8:9)
FALL OF MAN
We believe that
man was created in the image and likeness of God. But that
in Adam's sin, the human race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and
became alienated from God; and that man is totally depraved and
of himself utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. (Genesis
1:27; Romans 3:23; 5:12; 6:23; Psalms 51:5; Ephesians 2:1-3;
4:18; Isaiah 59:2)
We believe that
salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received
through personal faith and repentance in the Lord Jesus Christ,
our substitutionary sacrifice, whose precious blood was shed on
Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins, enabling us to be brought
back into a right relationship with God. (John 1:12; 3:16;
Ephesians 1:7; 2:8, 9; Romans 10:9, 10; Acts 4:12; II Corinthians
5:21; I Peter 2:24)
that all those who have truly accepted Christ as Savior are kept
by God's power and are thus secure in Christ forever. (1
Peter 1:5; John 6:39; 10:28, 29; Romans 8:38, 39)
THE ETERNAL STATE OF HEAVEN AND HELL
We believe that
the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the
body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await
the first resurrection, when spirit, soul, and body are
reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord in heaven. (II Corinthians
5:8; Luke 23:43; I Thessalonians 4:16, 17; Revelation 20:4-6;
We believe that
the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious punishment
and torment until the second resurrection, when with soul
and body reunited, they shall appear at the Great White Throne
of Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, to suffer
conscious punishment and torment forever. (Matthew 25:41-46;
Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:22, 23; II Thessalonians 1:7-9; Revelation
We believe the
Church, which is the spiritual body of Christ, who is the
Head, is to be organized into self-governing local churches of
born-again, baptized believers, united for the purposes of worship,
edification, evangelism, fellowship, and administering the two
ordinances (water baptism and the Lord's supper). (Ephesians 1:22,
23; 4:11, 12; Colossians 1:18; 4:15, 16; I Peter 5:1-4;
I Corinthians 1:2; 5:4; 12:13; Acts 2:41, 42, 46, 47; 14:27)
We believe the
only two scriptural ordinances of the Church are water baptism
and the Lord's supper. Water baptism by immersion is a public
testimony of our identification with Christ in His death,
burial, and resurrection. The Lord's supper proclaims and remembers
His death “till He comes”. Both ordinances are for believers
only. (Mathew 28:19, 20; Acts 2:41, 42, 46; I Corinthians
We believe all
the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach
upon their Savior and Lord; and that separation from all
religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices
and associations is commanded of God. We will not participate in
or have any connection with the National Council of Churches,
World Council of Churches, ecumenical or charismatic movements.
(Romans 6; 8:5-13; 12:1, 2; 13:12-14; I Corinthians 3:16,
17; 6:19, 20; II Corinthians 6:14-7:1; Ephesians 4:22-24,
27; 5:8-11; Colossians 3:1-10; I Thessalonians 5:22; II
Timothy 3:1-5; James 4:4; I Peter 1:14-16; 2:11; I John 2:15-17;
II John 9-11)
RETURN OF CHRIST
We believe in
the personal, imminent return of Christ, who will rapture
His Church prior to the seven year tribulation period and in Hs
subsequent premillennial visible bodily return to earth with
His Saints to establish His Millennial Kingdom. (I Thessalonians
1:10; 4:16, 17; 5:9; Revelation 3:10; 19:11-16; Zechariah
THE PERSONALITY OF SATAN
We believe that
Satan is a person, the author of sin and the cause of the
fall of man; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and
man; and that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake
of Fire. (Job 1:6, 7; Isaiah 14:12-17; Matthew 4:2-11; 25:41;
We believe that
God created the universe out of nothing by the word of his
mouth in six literal 24 hour periods. (Genesis 1, 2; Exodus 20:11;
Psalms 33:6, 9; Hebrews 11:3)
We believe that
human life begins at conception and that the unborn child is a
living human being. Therefore abortion is murder. We reject any
teaching that abortions of pregnancies due to rape, incest, birth
defects, gender selection, population control, or the mental
well-being of the mother are acceptable. (Psalms 51:5; 139:14-16;
Isaiah 44:24; 49:1, 5; Jeremiah 1:5; Luke 1:44)
We believe that
God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged
in outside marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that
any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality,
incest, fornication, adultery and pornography is condemned
by God as sinful perversions of His creation. (Genesis 2:24;
19:5, 13; Leviticus 18; Matthew 19:4, 5; Romans 1:26-29;
I Corinthians 5:1; 6:9; I Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4)
DIVORCE AND REMARRAIGE
We believe that
God hates divorce and intends marriage to last until one of the
spouses die. Divorce and remarriage is regarded as adultery, except
on the grounds of fornication. Although divorce and remarried persons
or divorced persons may serve in the church, they may not be
considered for the offices of pastor, elder or deacon. (Malachi
2:14-16; Matthew 19:3-9; Romans 7:1-3; I Corinthians 7:10-15;
I Timothy 3:2, 12; Titus 1:6)
We believe that
God is sovereign in the bestowal of spiritual gifts to every
believer for the profit of all the body of Christ.
We believe that
the sign gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues
(the God given ability to speak a foreign language without learning
it), the gift of healing and the working of sign miracles, gradually
ceased as the New Testament Scriptures were completed and their
authority became established.
Although God did
give sign gifts to the early church as a testimony of His
power and to authenticate His message through the apostles, they
were never the common or necessary sign of the baptism or filling
of the Holy Spirit.
Although God frequently
chooses to answer the prayers of believers for physical
healing, we believe the gift of healing through a particular person
has ceased. (Romans 12:3-8; I Corinthians 12:4-11, 28; 13:8-13;
Ephesians 4:7-12; Mark 16:20; II Corinthians 12:12; Hebrews 2:3,
We believe that
God has ordained and created all authority consisting of three
basic institutions: (1) the home; (2) the church; (3) the state.
Every person is subject to these authorities, but all (including
the authorities themselves) are answerable to God and governed
by His Word. God has given each institution specific Biblical
responsibilities and balanced those responsibilities with
the understanding that no institution as the right to infringe
upon the other. The home, the church, and the state are equal
and sovereign in their respective Biblically assigned spheres
of responsibility under God. (Romans 13:1-7; Ephesians 5:22-24;
Hebrews 13:17; I Peter 2:13, 14)
SECTION 2 - AUTHORITY OF STATEMENT OF
of faith does not exhaust the extent of our faith. The Bible
itself is the sole and final source of all that we believe. We
do believe, however, that the foregoing statement of faith accurately
represents the teaching of the Bible, and therefore, is binding
upon all members.
SECTION 3 - COVENANT
Having been led,
as we believe, by the spirit of God, to receive the Lord
Jesus Christ as our Savior, and on profession of our father, having
been baptized in the name of our Father, and of the Son, and
of the Holy Ghost, we do now, in the presence of God, and this
assembly, most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant
with one another, as one body in Christ.
We engage, therefore,
by the aid of the Holy Spirit, to walk together in Christian love;
to strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge, holiness
and encouragement; to promote its prosperity and spirituality;
to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline and doctrines;
to pray for and submit to the loving oversight of its pastor
and officers; to give it a sacred preeminence over all institutions
of human origin and to sanctify the Lord's day; to contribute
cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry,
the expenses of the church, and the spread of the Gospel
through all nations.
We also engage
to maintain family and private devotions; to religiously educate
our children; to seek the salvation of others; to walk circumspectly
in the world; to be honest, just, and faithful in our dealings;
to avoid all gossiping, evil speaking, bitterness and unrighteous
anger; to abstain from worldly amusements and fleshly practices
which war against the soul such as ungodly movie attendance and
video viewing, gambling, rock or any other ungodly music, dancing,
immodest dress, the sell or use of tobacco in any form, narcotic
drugs, or intoxicating drink as a beverage which are harmful;
to be free from all oath-bound secret societies and partnerships
with unbelievers; so that we might not be a stumblingblock
to the advancement of our Lord's kingdom. (Romans 6; 8:5-13;
12:1, 2; 13:12-14; I Corinthians 3:16, 17; 6:19, 20; II
Corinthians 6:14-7:1; Ephesians 4:22-32; 5:8-11; Colossions 3:1-10;
I Thessalonians 5:22; II Timothy 3:1-5; James 4:4; I Peter
1:14-16; 2:11; I John 2:15-17; II John 9-11)
We further engage
to watch over one another in brotherly love; to remember each other
in prayer; to aid each other in sickness and distress;
to be kind one to another and slow to take offense but always
ready for reconciliation.
SECTION I - QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP
member shall have faithfully attended this church and shall
have read and be in agreement with the church constitution. A
prospective member shall attend two or more membership classes
conducted by the pastor concerning their salvation experience,
baptism, evidence of Christian walk and willingness to abide
by the church constitution.
Upon the pastor's
recommendation, the congregation shall vote at a regularly
scheduled meeting and upon a two-thirds vote of members present
membership shall be extended.
The right hand
of fellowship shall be extended to the new member at the
next convenient Sunday morning service.
(A) The pastor
and his wife shall automatically become members upon taking his
duties as pastor.
(B) A person living
together with another, outside of the marriage relationship shall
not be considered for membership.
SECTION 2 - TRANSFER OF MEMBERSHIP
Request by any
member in good standing for a letter of recommendation to transfer
their membership to another church of like faith will be
considered at a regular church administration meeting. If such
a request is approved by majority vote, the secretary shall send
a letter of transfer.
SECTION 3 - TERMINATION OF
(A) Any member
who has been absent from the church services for a period
of six months, unless providentially hindered, or who has seemingly
set aside its doctrine and spiritual standards, and provided
that the pastor and the deacon has called upon or communicated
with him/her and a satisfactory response is not made, then
upon the two-thirds approval of the congregation, his/her
name shall be removed from the membership roll.
(B) Any member
of this church who unites in membership with another church shall
automatically have their membership in this church terminated.
(C) A member may
resign at any time, but no letter of transfer or written statement
of good standing will be issued, except at the discretion of the
SECTION 4 - DICIPLINE OF A
(A) When a matter
for discipline arises, the pastor shall appoint a discipline
committee consisting of the deacon and one member of the
congregation who are not of the same immediate household, and
the pastor shall be the chairman. The committee shall hear and seek
to resolve the matter.
(B) If the pastor
or deacon is the subject of a disciplinary matter, they shall not
be on the discipline committee. In such case the one not
subject to disciplinary action, pastor or deacon, shall sit as
chairman and appoint two members of the congregation.
(C) If the matter
is unresolved; such members who refuse to repent and be
restored are to be removed from the membership of the church upon
a two-thirds vote of the membership present at a meeting called
for the purpose of considering disciplinary action.
SECTION 1 - CHURCH OFFICERS
The officers of
this church shall consist of a pastor, one deacon, secretary, and
As an accommodation
to legal relationships outside the church, these shall, when authorized
by the congregation, act as trustees of the corporation; the pastor
as president, the secretary as secretary, the treasurer
as treasurer, and deacon as vice-president of the corporation.
One person may
hold two or more offices, except that of pastor.
SECTION 2 - PASTOR
TERM: The pastor's
term of office is indefinite unless dissolved at the option
of either the church or pastor by the giving of one month notice,
or less, by mutual consent.
I Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; I Peter 5:1-4
DUTIES: (A) The
pastor shall preach the gospel regularly and shall be at
liberty to preach the whole counsel of the Word of God as the Lord
leads him. He shall administer the ordinances of the church,
act as moderator at all church meetings for the transaction
of church matters, supervise the teaching ministries of
the church, be in charge of obtaining special speakers and
organizing special meetings, with the approval of the congregation,
watch over the spiritual interests of the membership and
perform such other duties as generally appertain to such a position.
(B) All church
staff shall be under the supervision of the pastor. The
pastor, subject to the approval of the congregation, may make
appointments of non-elected positions as necessary from the membership
of the church.
SECTION 3 - QUALIFICATION OF
All church officers
must be a member in good standing, faithfully attend all church
services and be in agreement with the church constitution and
SECTION 4 - DEACON
TERM: (A) The
deacon's term of office shall be as long as he meets the
qualifications and is willing to accept the responsibilities.
(B) The deacon
must receive an eighty-five percent vote of confidence by secret
ballot every two years from the voting members of the congregation
at the January administration meeting.
I Timothy 3:8-12; Acts 6:3-6
DUTIES: (A) The
deacon shall assist the pastor, in such a manner as he shall
request, in administering the ministries of the church, shall
oversee and help take up the collection of offerings and assist
the treasurer in counting the offerings, shall assist in
and make provision for the observance of the ordinances
of the church, shall oversee any property, building and
physical projects approved by the church, shall have charge
of the deeds and other valuable papers, shall sign notes and
other documents in behalf of the church when authorized to do
so by the congregation.
(B) In the absence
of the pastor he shall preside over the business sessions and have
charge of the administration of the church.
The position of deacon shall be left open until such times as the
congregation recognizes a male member in good standing of the
church to be capable of meeting the spiritual and moral qualifications.
(B) Any voting
member of the Park View Bible Church may submit a ballot
with the name of a male member of this church to the pastor if
this member meets the qualifications.
(C) A second nomination
for the same candidate must be submitted to the pastor
by any voting member of the church. This second nomination shall
not be from the same immediate household as the first nomination.
(D) The pastor
shall meet with the member whose name has been submitted and seconded
to present to him the responsibilities of the office, determine
his willingness to serve, and receive his consent. If the candidate
meets the qualifications, his name shall be submitted to the
congregation two weeks prior to a regular business meeting.
(E) An eighty-five
percent secret ballot vote is required of voting members present
for election to the office of deacon.
SECTION 5 - TREASURER, SECRETARY
AND APPOINTED POSITIONS
(A) The term of
service for treasurer, secretary and appointed positions in the
church shall be one year, at the expiration of which they
may be re-elected or re-appointed.
(B) The offices
of treasurers and secretary will be filled by election at the January
administration meeting by secret ballot vote.
(C) A vacancy
occurring in the office of treasurer, secretary or any appointed
position may be filled at any regular church administration meeting.
shall count, with the deacon or alternate, all offerings, shall
record all funds contributed to the church, shall disburse the
same as ordered by the church and give an annual receipt to individual
givers for income tax purposes.
All monies must
be deposited in the church bank account by the treasurer, deacon
or alternate as soon as possible.
shall present a written report of itemized disbursements at the
regular church administration meetings and make a general report
for the year at the annual church administration meeting.
of the church except miscellaneous petty cash disbursements shall
be paid by check signed by the treasurer drawn from the account
of Park View Bible Church. When the treasurer is unable to do
so they may be signed by the deacon or alternate.
shall record the minutes of the church administrative meetings,
keep a list of members and baptisms, send letters of transfer or
dismissal when so ordered by the church, be responsible for documents,
records and letters coming into their hands, keep an account of
any special events in the life of the church which are of historical
interest and attend to any other matter usually designed
to this office. All records are to be kept in the church
SECTION 6 - RESPOSIBILITIES OF THE
of this congregation as a whole shall make recommendations,
vote on and be responsible for the financial, material and property
needs of the church, authorize persons to sign notes and
documents on behalf of the church, vote on all missionary support
and vote on all matters of the church.
DISMISSAL OF OFFICERS
SECTION 1 - ELECTED OR APPOINTED
Any elected or
appointed officer, or teacher, except for the pastor, can be dismissed
by a two-thirds vote of the congregation at any regular
church administration meeting.
SECTION 2 - PASTOR
(A) A vote of
confidence as to the service of the pastor may be taken whenever
necessary. The vote shall be by secret ballot with only members
present. The result of the balloting shall be kept in confidence
by the church membership.
(B) If there is
a negative vote of confidence and a vote of dismissal might be
considered, a period of two weeks shall be allowed before there
is a call for a vote of dismissal. The pastor can be dismissed
by a three- quarter vote of the members present at a meeting
called for that purpose two weeks in advance.
SECTION 1 - MEETINGS FOR WORSHIP
(A) The church
shall except in unusual cases meet each Sunday for public worship
both morning and evening and at least once during the week
for Bible study and prayer.
A Sunday School
for Bible study and teaching classes, divided into age groups,
shall be held each Sunday morning.
(B) Except when
circumstances forbid it, the Lord's Supper shall be observed
on the first Sunday of each month.
SECTION 2 - MEETINGS FOR CHURCH ADMINISTRATION
(A) The annual
church administration meeting shall be held the third Sunday of
(B) A church administration
meeting shall be held the third Sunday of every other month,
beginning with the annual church administration meeting.
SECTION 3 - SPECIAL MEETINGS
(A) Special church
administration meetings may be called by the pastor or deacon
after two public announcements are given with at least one being
made at a Sunday morning service.
services and conferences, evangelistic meetings, prayer meetings,
Bible studies, missionary conferences, etc. may be held as the
pastor deems beneficial with the approval of the congregation.
SECTION 4 - QUORUM AND VOTING
(A) A quorum shall
consist of the adult membership present, except where otherwise
(B) Those voting
must be members in good standing, at least sixteen years of age.
SECTION 5 - FISCAL YEAR
The fiscal year
of the church shall begin January 1 and end December 31.
SECTION 1 - PULPIT COMMITTEE
When a pulpit
vacancy occurs, a pulpit committee consisting of the deacon as
chairman and two members elected by the congregation shall be
formed. The two members elected from the congregation shall be
selected at a special meeting called for that purpose. Notice
of such meeting and purpose shall be made at a regular
Sunday morning worship service immediately preceding such
Each member of
the church present at this meeting shall by secret ballot, list
the names of two members they wish as candidates for the
pulpit committee. The moderator shall name two persons to tally
the votes. The two persons most frequently named shall be placed
on the committee.
SECTION 2 - PULPIT COMMITTEE
(A) The pulpit
committee shall find, screen resumes of, and present qualifications
of potential candidates to the congregation. Upon approval of the
congregation, they shall contact, interview and arrange
for him to preach in view of a call.
(B) Only one candidate
at a time shall be presented and voted on before presenting
another candidate. This voting shall take place one to fourteen
days after presentation of the candidate.
(C) An eighty-five
percent vote of members present are required to call a pastor.
SECTION 1 - STRUCTURE
The church Sunday
school shall meet each Lord's Day with classes divided in age groups
SECTION 2 - TEACHERS
The pastor, subject
to the approval of the congregation, shall appoint teachers and
supervise the teaching ministries of the church.
The length of
teachers' terms shall be one year at which time they may
A teacher must
be a member in good standing who faithfully attends all
church services. This shall not apply to visiting missionaries,
evangelists or preachers here on a temporary basis.
A teacher must
be in agreement with the church constitution and covenant, show
qualification of Bible teaching ability and must have a
daily walk consistent with the Biblical precepts they teach.
SECTION 3 - CURRICULUM
used shall be in full accord with the statement of faith
and covenant of the church and examined and approved by the pastor.
SECTION 1 - FINANCES
We believe the Bible teaches
that the proper method of financing the Lord's work is by free-will
offerings from consecrated hearts, in systematic, proportionate
giving of money. This church will not sponsor the collection of money
through bazaars, entertainments, or any like methods.
SECTION 2 - DESIGNATED CONTRIBUTIONS
From time to time
the church, in the exercise of its religious, educational, and
charitable purposes, may establish various funds to accomplish
specific goals. Contributors may suggest uses for their contributions
but all suggestions shall be deemed advisory rather than
mandatory in nature. All contributions made to specific funds
or otherwise designated shall remain subject to the exclusive control
and discretion of the pastor and congregation. No fiduciary
obligation shall be created by any designated contribution
made to the church other than to use the contribution for
the general furtherance of any of the purposes stated in
Article I, Section 2.
Any expenditure in excess
of $200 and not authorized in the regular annual budget must
be authorized by the congregation. All lesser amounts shall be
authorized by the pastor.
CHURCH PROPERTY AND DISSOLUTION
All property belonging
to this church is the property of the church and not of
any individual member.
their connection with the church, for whatsoever reasons, relinquish
all claims on its property.
In case of division
of the church, the property shall revert to that group that
adheres to this Constitution.
The private property
of the members of this church shall be absolutely exempt of any
and all liabilities for any and all debts and obligations of
Upon the dissolution
of the church, the trustees shall, after paying or making
provision for payment of all the liabilities of the church, dispose
of all the assets of the church to such organization or organizations
formed and operated exclusively for religious purposes as shall
at the time qualify
as an exempt organization
or organizations under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue
Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provision of any future United
States Internal Revenue Law), as the trustees shall determine.
Assets may be distributed only to organizations which agree
with the church's statement of faith.
SECTION 1 - PRIVATE INUREMENT
No part of the
net earnings of the church shall be for the benefit of or
be distributable to its members, trustees, officers or other private
persons, except that when the occasion calls for it the church
shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation
for the services rendered and to make payments and distributions
in furtherance of the purposes set forth in Article 1,
Section 2, hereof.
SECTION 2 - POLITICAL INVOLVEMENT
part of the activities of the church shall be the carrying on of
propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation.
The church shall not participate in, or intervene in (including
the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign
on behalf of any candidate for public office.
SECTION 3 - RACIAL NONDISCRIMINATION
The church shall
have a racially nondiscriminatory policy and therefore shall not
discriminate against members, applicants, students, and others
on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin.
may be revised or amended by an eighty percent vote of the
members present and voting at any regular church administration
meeting, provided that said revision or amendment has been submitted
in writing and announced from the pulpit thirty days before
the vote is taken.