In the age of COVID without the usual ability to deliver a protest in person to the Race committee. SI’s have been adding the request to submit them electronically. The question has arisen that an SI only had a generic email address like “protest@(insert club).org”. If a person submitting a protest sent it directly to members of the Race committee and not to the generic address would that protest be valid? The person monitoring the generic address would have just forwarded it on to the same RC member that had received the direct email saving time thus allowing for a arbitration hearing to be held the same day instead of possibly days later.
1) Are electronic submissions to the ultimate recipients and not the generic address valid?
2) If the SI’s have 2 addresses and the word “and” between them valid if only sent to one of the 2?
3) If a physical submission was made to a RC member would it have been valid despite the SI statement to submit electronically?
4) If under pre/post COVID world can protests be delivered to any RC member at any place even if the SI’s state a location or person?
I have not been able to find any appeals or Cases that cover these questions. I’d appreciate your collective guidance for going forward.