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TO: Lydia Brazon, Interim Executive Director
Bob Lederer, Pacifica National Board, Elections Committee Chair
FROM: L. Joy Williams, National Election Supervisor
DATE: December 2, 2015
RE: Extension of Voting at WBAI


 Please be advised that the ballot return deadline has been extended for the Listener and Staff elections at WBAI until 11:59 EST on Monday, January 4th, 2016.

With two days left until the voting deadline of Friday, December 4, 2015, WBAI has only received just over half of the number of ballots needed to make the approximated Listener and Staff quorum. Both the Local Election Supervisor and I believe an extension is necessary in order for the station to meet the required quorum.

The Local Election Supervisor will record new carts to air at the station with the updated voter deadline and instructions for replacement ballots for eligible voters. We will also begin re-airing previously recorded candidate carts on a schedule to be determined by the Local Election Supervisor.

If an eligible voter has not received a paper ballot in the mail or has misplaced it, ballot replacement requests can be submitted on the elections website at http://elections.pacifica.org/wordpress/ballot-request-form/ or by contacting the Local election Supervisor Gene Johnson, Jr. via email at wbai-les@pacifica.org or by leaving a message at (347) 927-0701 with their full name, mailing address and optional email address.

Paper replacement ballots will be sent via first-class mail and requests must be received before Wednesday, December 23rd to provide ample mailing time. Online voting credential requests will be sent to the provided email address within 1 business day.

Article 4: Section 5 of the Pacifica Bylaws allows an extension of the election by up to four weeks. Extending the election 4 weeks would put the Election Close Date on New Year’s Day, a federal holiday. To avoid the holiday, the election will be extended to the next business day.

So, what do you think ?