USBGF Board of Directors Election — Now Under Way

The USBGF Board of Directors election is now under way. All members are eligible to vote. Members may vote until 11:59 p.m. EST, Sunday, December 3, 2017. Each member may submit only one ballot. A member must be logged onto the USBGF website to be able to vote.

Seven candidates, including three incumbents, are vying for five seats up for election. The seven candidates are: Arthur Benjamin (incumbent), Dan Dabney, Jack Edelson, Ben Friesen, Julius High (incumbent), Matt Reklaitis, and Joe Russell (incumbent). The left side of the voting page contains a ballot with the seven candidate names in random order. The right side of the voting page contains an alphabetical accordion listing of the candidates. By clicking on a candidate name on the accordion file, a member may see a photograph of the candidate and an informational/biographical statement submitted by the candidate.

There are five seats up for election. A member may vote for a minimum of one to a maximum of five candidates. A candidate may not receive more than one vote from a member. A member should select every candidate for whom they are voting prior to hitting the submit button.

The five candidates receiving the most votes will be elected, provided they are named on at least 50% of the ballots. If one or more of the top five vote recipients are not named on at least 50% of the ballots, a run-off election will be held including twice the number of candidates as the number of unfilled seats. As an example, if #4 and #5 (in terms of votes received) are not named on at least 50% of the ballots then #4 and #5 will appear on the runoff ballot. There will be only one runoff. The top vote recipient will fill the remaining seat provided he/she is named on at least 50% of the ballots. If, in the runoff, a ‘winning’ candidate is not named on at least 50% of the ballots cast, the corresponding Board seat will remain vacant until the next election.

The Board of Directors is excited by the opportunity provided all members to participate in the Board selection process. This voting process embodies our desire for an open, transparent, democratic, and participatory membership organization. We hope all members take the time to exercise their voting rights and carefully consider each candidate.

We all seek the most fair election possible. Obviously, USBGF members and members of the Board of Directors may, as individuals, make any comments they wish, in any manner, related to the election and to the candidates. However, we request no comments be made by anyone that imply endorsement or opinion of the USBGF.

The link to the voting page is: USBGF Board of Directors Ballot

Should you have any difficulties in voting or have any questions regarding the voting process, please submit an e-mail to nominations.

Results will be announced Monday, December 4, 2017.

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