Candidates for Election - Beltane 2017
Board of Directors
Online voting will be open from Sunday, March 12, 2017 until Saturday, April 22 at 7:00PM (Central). All active members will receive a system-generated email including a link to the voting site and login information. (If you choose to vote onsite during the festival, a computer will be available for use at CMA1; an advocate may be present if you need assistance.)
After logging into the voting site, you will see a separate voting box for each Director position. A checkbox will be displayed beside each candidate's name; mark the box next to the name of the candidate for whom you wish to vote. There will also be a checkbox option for "abstain" and "write-in" for each Director position if you do not wish to cast your vote for any of the candidates listed. You must choose one of the three options for each Director position in order to cast your ballot (selected candidate, abstention, or write-in). Once you have completed your selection, press "submit", and your vote will be recorded electronically.
Once you submit your ballot, it may not be altered. Each login may only be used one time before being locked out. If you have any questions, please contact the Director of Records or the CMA corporate office for guidance.
CMA Election FAQ
Q: Can my login be matched to my vote?
A: No. The system is operated by a company that specializes in voting. Your login information is only used to allow access to the form area for CMA voting. The only record kept is one that shows that an ID number and its associated password were used and then locked so that it could not be used again.
Q: Why must I select one of the three choices (candidate selection, abstention, or write-in) for every position?
A: Members have a responsibility to the organization to vote for all positions when they choose to vote. In order to keep the vote tallies simple and orderly, each position must receive one of these choices.
Q: What are abstentions?
A: An abstention is an indication that you do not wish to make a choice for a particular position listed on the ballot. However, an abstention is not a no-impact vote; abstentions can, in some instances, alter the vote percentage required to win a position.
Q: What is the "50%-plus-one" rule? What does "50%-plus-one" mean vs. 51%?
A: This is the process that the CMA membership voted and approved to use for our elections. The two methods are essentially the same, as long as the calculated decimal percentage is greater than .51. However, if the calculated decimal percentage is greater than .50 but less than .51, this method removes the possibility of using number rounding to determine the final results of an election. (Statistically speaking, this would be a very rare occurrence, but it is possible.)
CMA requires that a candidate receive 50%-plus-one-vote of the total votes cast for a candidate to win an election. A candidate could lose an election, even if they are running unopposed, if enough voters select a write-in or abstention for that position. If no candidate hits the "magic number" of 50%-plus-one of the total votes cast, the election for that position is invalidated, and a special election must be held for that position at the next Great Works meeting. Until then, the Board of Directors will appoint an Interim Director to fill the position.
Q: How do I use the write-in feature?
A: Select the write-in check box, then type in the person's LEGAL NAME in the space provided. The caveat to write-in candidates is that you MUST be specific and accurate.
First, secure the permission of the party you wish to write in and make sure that they meet the requirements of the office. (If you or the party is unsure, you may ask the Director of Records if that person will meet candidate qualifications.) It could be very embarrassing to the written-in candidate if they are not willing or not qualified to hold the position for which they've been unexpectedly elected.
Next, make sure you know the correct legal spelling of the person's name. "Terry Smith", "Teri Smith" and "Terry Smyth" are all legally different persons on a ballot; those three write-ins would be counted as a single vote for three different people, not three votes for the same person. There are NO exceptions to this rule.
Please do not waste your vote by writing in comical comments or cartoon names. It is insulting to the general membership as well as the individual members who have stood up to offer their service to the organization. If you do not wish to vote for any of the candidates running for a particular position, simply check "abstain".
Q: Can I use a written (paper) ballot?
A: We will not deny you a paper ballot. However, it will delay your vote acceptance until we can verify that your individual login and password have not already been used in the online system. If they have not, your online credentials will be locked out and you may use a paper ballot.
Please note that the use of paper ballots will require us to convene a representative for each candidate to be present when the vote information is uploaded to the electronic system. Once everyone is represented, we will open the ballot, enter the information on a spreadsheet, and upload the file to the voting system to be included in the final electronic tally.
Q: How is the final tally obtained?
A: The Corporate Officer or the Director of Records will download the tally file at the Great Works meeting and immediately present the results to the membership. A copy of the tally sheet will be available for member inspection.