BCA NOVEMBER MEETING
SPECIAL ELECTION FOR THE OFFICE OF BCA PRESIDENT ONLY
FOR THE PURPOSE OF
CORRECTING A TECHNICAL VOTING IRREGULARITY
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2012
PLACE: St. George`s Episcopal Church-- 2nd & U Streets, NW
As many of you are aware, there was a technical voting irregularity in the October 15, 2012 election of BCA officers. The BCA Nominations/Election Committee reported that although 45 ballots were turned in and counted, the BCA Nomination/Elections Committee issued only 44 voting cards (based on determining each individual attendee`s eligibility to vote consistent with BCA bylaws). Thus, there was one `illegal` ballot. Based on this irregularity and the one vote difference between the two President candidates, Past-President Robert Brannum contested the election of the office of President -– and President-candidates John Salatti and Teri Janine Quinn acknowledged the irregularity and agreed to the contest. No other election results were contested, as no other contest involved a one vote difference between candidates..
On October 18, the BCA Executive Board met, discussed various issues surrounding the technical voting irregularity, and developed a recommended strategy for resolving the contested election of the Office of President. A copy of the proposed strategy, to be voted upon by BCA membership, and if approved, implemented at the November 19 BCA meeting is below.
However, on November 3, 2012, there was an unexpected `game change` when John Salatti sent the BCA Executive Board an email stating that``[ I] am withdrawing my name from the ballot for the election on the 19th`. The full text of John`s email is also below. Shortly after the sending of this email, John suggested that because the October election result was inconclusive, the Executive Board should recommend to the membership that the election for the Office of President (without his name on the ballot), be conducted on November 19. John has also indicated he will not accept a nomination from the floor.
Consequently, on November 19, assuming membership assent, an election will be conducted for the Office of President of BCA, through use of procedures in the attached ``strategy`` memo, as approved or disapproved by membership on November 19, after which ALL newly elected BCA officers will be installed, assuming closure on the the election of the Office of President.
This information is provided in the interest of transparency and community unity. Any questions regarding this communication and its attachments should be directed to bhollidaypsy @ gmail.com .