We the undersigned were duly elected at special meetings held on Monday November 29, 2010 in the ports of New York, New Orleans, Houston, Baltimore, Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. The Tallying Committee met the morning of Monday December 6, 2010, at Headquarters to oversee the tallying of the ballots and resolve any disputes that may arise.
The Committee elected Claudia Cimini as Chairperson and Bart Troxell as recording secretary. The Committee then met with Ken Egger, the National Vice President of Elections from the American Arbitration Association. He served as the impartial administrator overseeing the tallying and directing the counters from the AAA.
The Committee proceeded to the Post Office Depository at 12th and Pennsylvania to pick up the ballots. The postal clerk turned over five trays of mail to the Committee at 0955. The post office box was verified as empty by the clerk, and all mail received to the satisfaction of the Tally Committee. The Committee returned to Headquarters with the ballots so that the tallying could commence. All ballots were in custody of the Tallying Committee and AAA at all times.
Ken Egger of AAA explained to all present that 4000 ballots were printed. On September 1st, a total of 3666 ballots were mailed to the membership. Additional ballots were later mailed as follows: 42 ballots to new members, 102 duplicate ballots as per members’ requests, and 4 challenge ballots. This totals 3,814 ballots mailed. The members’ addresses were provided to AAA by Headquarters.
A total of 1,674 ballots were collected from the Post Office. At Headquarters AAA staff arranged the ballots in numerical order and began the process of determining if the ballots received were valid as per By-Laws. MEBA Comptroller Eric Pittman provided a list of ineligible members due to arrears in their dues.
A total of 108 ballots were disqualified for the following reasons:
90 ballots due to unpaid union dues.
15 ballots due to missing name and/or signature on the ballot return envelope. 1 ballot returned in a plain white envelope.
1 ballot due to previously being opened & re-taped closed.
1 ballot where name on envelope did not match union records.
At this point AAA began processing the ballots. The process occurred in an orderly manner to the satisfaction of the Tally Committee.
After initial review of the tally, the Committee requested AAA to recount the following elected positions:
2) Secretary Treasurer
3) Atlantic Coast Vice President
4) Gulf Coast Vice President
5) Branch Agent – Houston
6) Patrolman – New Orleans (There were two recounts in this contest due to the closeness of the vote and the similarity of candidates’ names.)
7) Branch Agent – Seattle
The Committee received tremendous amounts of support from Eric Pittman and Marco Cannistraro and their staff. Special thanks to Ann Holmes for her logistical support.
The Impartial Administrator has prepared and signed his own certification of the election results. The certification is incorporated herein by reference.
The Tally Committee is satisfied with the procedure and certification of the election.
Mike Jewell:824 - MEBA UNITED
Bill Van Loo:789
Atlantic Coast VP
Chris Guerra:802 – MEBA UNITED
Gulf Coast VP
Jon Lincoln:685 - MEBA UNITED
West Coast (Executive) VP
Dave Nolan:698 – MEBA UNITED
Steve Jablonski:709 – MEBA UNITED
Dana Woodruff:749 – MEBA UNITED
Bob Madden:779 – MEBA UNITED
Dave Nashif:753 – MEBA UNITED
Richard Adams:810 – MEBA UNITED
Wil Johns:720 – MEBA UNITED
Patrick Anderson:762 – MEBA UNITED
Mike Dunklin:788 – MEBA UNITED
Richard Adams:700 – MEBA UNITED
Patrick Anderson:718 – MEBA UNITED
Mike Dunklin:682 – MEBA UNITED
Wil Johns:649 – MEBA UNITED
Mark Lund:699 – MEBA UNITED
Greg Quintana:655 – MEBA UNITED
Ray Twitty:720 – MEBA UNITED
Nathan Williams:696 – MEBA UNITED
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