To be eligible to vote in a referendum an employee must be:
a member of the retirement system at the time the referendum is held, and
in a position under the retirement system, i.e., be in an employment relationship
(as distinguished from actually performing services) both at the time the notice of
the referendum is given and at the time the referendum is held.
Generally, an employee is a member of a retirement system if the employee’s personal
relationship to the system qualifies the employee for benefits under the system or
for additional benefits if the employee is already qualified. An employee does not
lose eligibility to vote when absent from work because of illness, summer vacation
or leave of absence (e.g., teachers on summer vacation, members of the National Guard
or reservists of the U.S. military and naval services who are called up for active
duty) if the employment relationship continues.