Bylaw Ballot Outcome11/17/20 — On August 13, 2020, the WPRA Board of Directors announced their unanimous decision to restore the membership’s ability to vote for the position of WPRA President. A survey was then sent out to the membership with responses due back by September 18, 2020. The survey was then used, along with Board input, to develop a membership ballot for all eligible voting members as of September 18, 2020. The ballot was mailed to those members from a third party mailing firm on October 15 with ballots due back to an outside CPA auditing firm by November 15, 2020.
The ballot measures were to determine what the membership wanted in terms of process for determining those eligible to be elected WPRA President. The previous bylaws stated that an individual had to have been a director or past Vice President or President which results in a smaller pool than if taken from the larger membership pool.
Per applicable law in order for the member vote to be valid and binding, at least 25-percent of the voting membership (a “quorum”) who received the ballots must vote, and the ballot proposal that receives a majority of the quorum of the vote wins. But, if less than 25-percent of the eligible membership votes at all, the quorum requirement is not met and the vote is not valid because not enough members voted.
After checking the vote tally, the auditor reported that less than 25-percent of eligible members voted. Therefore, by applicable law, the decision as to the eligibility criteria for president reverts to the WPRA Board of Directors for decision. The Board will be considering this matter in the near future.