STILL NO BALLOT DATE
Secretary Doris Barry continues to decline to announce a mailing date for the
ballots in the Executive Board election, eight days after the first request for
such a date. It is now only 13 days before July 2, the earliest
possible mailing date allowed under the USCF Bylaws. The latest allowable
date is July 12, and the ten days of uncertainty may make it impossible for
candidates to make appropriate mailing and travel plans. Previous
federation Secretaries have made the ballot mailing date public a month or more
||Re: SECRET BALLOT MAILING DATE
||06/19/2001 8:57:06 AM Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: SECRET BALLOT MAILING DATE
Date: 06/19/2001 3:09:50 AM Eastern
From: email@example.com (pistola)
To: JerryHanken@aol.com (Jerry Hanken)
CC: firstname.lastname@example.org (Bruce Draney), Bob@solve.net (Holliman,
Bob), email@example.com (Brady Frank), FCamaratta@aol.com (Frank Camaratta),
firstname.lastname@example.org (George C John), email@example.com (Jim Pechac), firstname.lastname@example.org
(De Knudson), RJM19@bryph.dmh.state.sc.us, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Chessdon@aol.com (Donald Schultz), email@example.com (Bob Smith), firstname.lastname@example.org
>> Gerry: First Don, then Goichberg then John McCrary. The same
answer applies to you all. I will notify all the candidates when I know
when I will have the mailing ready. Right now there are other more pressing
deadlines. I can not do anything about accusations your's or
anyone else's. Accusations come and go based on the individual's political intent.
I fully appreciate, as I think we all do, that the Secretary's job is a lot of
work. You and John and Rachel and Randy and others who have undertaken
this volunteer task in the past are to be commended for their effort.
Those who have complained (who include Frank Camaratta as well) are, I'm sure,
not questioning the fact that you have urgent tasks which must be completed
before you begin to work on the mailing of the ballots.
The earliest that the Bylaws allow the ballots to be mailed is July 2. This
is less than two weeks off, and I fully understand and support your decision not
to commit to doing the ballot mailing then.
What makes no sense to me, though, is why you don't simply say, "OK
candidates and supporters, the ballots will be mailed on July 12." This
is the last mailing date permitted under the Bylaws, and would give you the
MAXIMUM POSSIBLE amount of time to complete your other work.
you are so busy with other tasks, WHAT COULD THE DOWNSIDE POSSIBLY BE of
announcing a late date such as July 12, the last allowable mailing date?
This would immediately end the controversy and, if announced today, provide all
campaigners with 23 days advance notice of the date in order to better plan
their mailings and appearances. An early date such as July 2 or 3 not only
may be inconvenient for you, but is unfair to some candidates, because 13 or 14
days notice is not enough time to plan, far less than past Secretaries provided.
When you continue to decline to set a date, even the last allowable date of July
12 which you could certainly announce without concern for your other duties,
this creates the appearance that you may be trying to give some candidates an
Rachel has recommended that you "choose a date toward the end of the
allowable range" and inform the candidates. There is no reason to
strive for an early date, which is inconvenient for both you and some
candidates. You should not take the position that you will mail the
ballots as early as you can and don't know when that is, as to the best of my
knowledge, no one is asking you to mail them early.
The issue is not earliness but fairness. The longer you wait before
announcing the date, the less fair the election appears.