Dear Listeners & Staff,
Ballots for Listener and Staff delegate elections at KPFA, KPFK, KPFT, WBAI & WPFW are being sent out August 15th and should be arriving in your mail box a few days after that.
Please be on the lookout for a BRIGHT YELLOW ENVELOPE with the words “Ballot enclosed” and a Pacifica logo on the outside. The mail house facility is in New England so it could take a week or so to receive, even with first class mail.
The list of candidates for each station and the statements they submitted can be found at:
KPFA Candidates & Statements
KPFK Candidates & Statements
KPFT Candidates & Statements
WBAI Candidates & Statements
WPFW Candidates & Statements
Candidates were required to submit a candidate statement of up to 500 words (referred to as Long Statement) and were given the option of also submitting a candidate statement up to 200 words (referred to as Short Statement). They were also given the opportunity to complete an optional
Depending on how much was submitted, you may have to scroll down on their page to see all their answers.
Some stations have so many candidates, you may need to scroll down the list to see all names!
There is also an Español link at the top of the page, if any candidates submitted their information in Spanish.
Over the last few weeks, the Local Election Supervisors worked with candidates to arrange time for them to record their candidate “carts” or “spots” if they chose to do so.
These spots will be aired throughout the balloting period, based on equitable candidate cart rotation schedule set by the Pacifica National Board last year.
We have uploaded each candidate’s spot on their page as well.
The Local Election Supervisors will also schedule on-air candidate forum(s). They will announce the dates of those forums once they are scheduled.
The above resources are available to verified candidates only. There will be a write-in option on all ballots. The above resources are not available to write-in candidate(s). Please print legibly if you are writing in a candidate name.
The verified candidates have all signed a statement that they have read and understand the Fair Campaign Provisions.
If you feel a candidate or staff member has violated these provisions, please fill out the complaint form on the Report a Campaign Violation page (merely sending an email without a specific request to investigate does not trigger an investigation).
I look forward to a lively, respectful campaign season. Please contact your Local Election Supervisor if you damage or lose your ballot, so they can initiate the replacement ballot process. We will not start accepting requests for replacement ballots until Wednesday, August 24th in order to give time for the Post Office to do their work!
If you have not received a ballot but feel you are an eligible listener or staff member, please contact your Local Election Supervisor.
National Election Supervisor
If you have any questions, please contact your Local Election Supervisor (LES):
KPFK: Chance McKee (interim), firstname.lastname@example.org
WBAI: Kihani Brea, email@example.com, 646-535-4059
If your Local Election Supervisor is unable to help you, please contact:
National Election Supervisor: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Listener Sponsor members needed to gather at least 15 signatures of eligible Listener Sponsor members in good standing, and Staff members needed to gather at least 5 signatures of eligible Staff members in good standing.
Article Four, Delegates, Section 3: Election of Delegates:
Elections of Delegates shall be staggered over a 3-year period with elections for 3 Staff Delegates and 9 Listener-Sponsor Delegates held in the first year, elections for 3 Staff Delegates and 9 Listener-Sponsor Delegates held in the second year and no elections in the third year. The ballots shall be counted by the Single Transferable Voting method.
SAVE THE DATES AND MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Candidate Nomination Period: June 1 – June 30, 2016, 9pm local station time
Voter Date of Record: June 30, 2016
“Listener-Sponsor Members” shall be any natural persons who within the preceding 12-month period:
(1) have contributed a minimum of $25 to any Foundation radio station, or such minimum amount as the Board of Directors may from time to time decide; or
(2) have volunteered a minimum of three (3) hours of service to any Foundation radio station. Said contribution shall be considered non-refundable. Said volunteer work shall be performed under the supervision of the Foundation radio station management, and shall include volunteer work on committees of the Local Station Board.
Where a contribution is made jointly by two individuals and the contribution is in an amount equal to or more than the annual membership contribution required for two memberships (as set by the Board from time to time), then each of the joint donors shall be considered an individual and separate Listener-Sponsor Member. (For example, if John and Mary Smith jointly contribute $50.00 or more, then John Smith and Mary Smith will each be Members and will each have individual and separate Membership rights. However, if John and Mary Smith jointly contribute $40.00, then they shall jointly share one membership.)
Please note: The Local Station Board for each Foundation radio station (also referred to herein as “LSB”) may adjust or waive the contribution requirement for Listener-Sponsor Membership set forth in Section 1(A) of this Article of these Bylaws on a case by case basis for reasons of financial hardship, where said LSB, in its discretion, determines that the proposed member has demonstrated a sincere interest in becoming a Member of the Foundation and is also genuinely unable to afford the contribution amount or to volunteer the minimum 3 hours of service.
“Staff Members” shall be:
(1) any non-management full-time or part-time paid employee of a Foundation radio station; or
(2) any member of a Foundation radio station “Unpaid Staff Organization” or “Unpaid Staff Collective Bargaining Unit” which has been recognized by station management, or, if the station has neither such organization or bargaining unit, then any volunteer or unpaid staff member of a Foundation radio station who has worked for said radio station at least 30 hours in the preceding 3 months, exclusive of fundraising marathon telephone room volunteer time.
Said volunteer work shall be performed under the supervision of the Foundation radio station management and shall not include volunteer work on committees of a Local Station Board.
Radio station management employees and Foundation staff employees who are not employed at a Foundation radio station shall not qualify as Staff Members, however, such employees may qualify as Listener-Sponsor Members by contributing the requisite minimum dollar amount as set forth in Section 1(A) of this Article of these Bylaws.
Visit Article 3, Members of the Foundation, Section 1 of the Bylaws.
Ballots Mailed: August 15, 2016
Ballot Return Deadline/Online Voting Ends: September 30, 2016