2017-2019 RID Election Results and Conference Voting Update!
2017-2019 RID Election Results
The voting period for the RID Board of Directors 2017-2019 term has ended. We now present you the next Board of Directors.
As a reminder, there were 2 uncontested elections:
President Melvin Walker
Secretary Joshua Pennise, Secretary
Congratulations to both!
Now for the results of the contested elections. We will show the results of each contested seat along with the total number of votes cast and the percentage received by each candidate. Here are the results.
Total number of votes: 2517
Vice President Sandra Maloney (71.3%)
Brenda Dencer (28.7%)
Deaf Member at Large Branton Stewart (52%)
Pauline Ballentine (48%)
Member at Large
Len Roberson (59.4%) Shonna Magee (40.6%)
We express our congratulations to the prevailing candidates. We thank everyone who ran and to those who voted. Board members transition following this summer’s conference in Salt Lake City.
Conference Voting Update from President Walker!
This is an update to voting at the conference. From my April vlog, I informed members that both the Board of Directors and HQ worked to find an online voting mechanism for members. We did find a vendor with the capacity for online voting but their system is not compatible with RID’s membership mandate that we conduct association business in our shared language of ASL. Therefore, live online voting will not be possible.
With the assistance of our parliamentarian, Robert Weinstock, we have identified a procedure that could allow for all eligible members to have the opportunity to vote on critical matters.
Assuming a quorum (minimum 200 voting members- Article VI), motions received in accordance with the appropriate deadline shall be discussed by members in good standing who are physically present at the business meeting. When debate ends, the chair shall ask members to vote whether the motion at hand should be sent to the membership via referendum. An affirmative vote directs the board to send the motions as a referendum within 30 days of the business meeting. A dissenting vote directs the board to take no further action.
Should the quorum vote in the affirmative, motions would then be posted online and all members in good standing and eligible to vote would use the Simply Voting system to cast their votes.
If there is not a quorum (minimum 200 voting members- Article VI) – all motions received in accordance with the appropriate deadline should be sent to the membership via referendum within 30 days. Motions would then be posted online and all members in good standing and eligible to vote would use the Simply Voting system to cast their votes.
We trust that the membership in general shares the goal of enabling the greatest degree of the membership to vote on motions that impact members and/or the direction of the association.