Voting Information

Special Called Meeting of the Membership of the Baylor Alumni Association

 

VOTE RESULTS: Transition Agreement FAILS to garner super majority

 

Voting Meeting:
Saturday, September 7, 2013
11 a.m.
Waco Hall
Baylor Campus
Polls open: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

 

Purpose:

To vote on approval of the Transition Agreement, which would dissolve the Baylor Alumni Association and create a new entity, the Baylor Line Corporation, among other provisions. Read the full Transition Agreement.

 

Voter eligibility:

Members MUST BE PRESENT to vote.

All current life and annual members are eligible to vote. Memberships include spouses—whether alumni or not—listed on the membership roll.

The Baylor Alumni Association’s board of directors set the record date for voting as August 28, 2013, at 12:30 p.m. CDT. Members who join after that time will not be eligible to vote at the September 7 meeting.

Annual members whose memberships expired in July or August 2013 will be eligible to vote under the “grace period” provided for in the BAA bylaws.

 

Voting procedures:

On September 7, the BAA will begin verifying memberships at 8 a.m. outside Waco Hall. A photo ID for each member is required to verify membership.

After verification, members will receive a voter registration card that they will exchange for a ballot when voting begins at 11:30. The voting meeting will begin at 11 a.m. with a period of debate no longer than thirty minutes.

Voting will be by paper ballot. Voting polls will be open between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the Waco Hall lobby.

Click here for standing rules for the meeting.

 

Counting the vote:

An independent party will count the votes and announce the result as soon as practicable on September 7, 2013.

A two-thirds vote from the members present is required to approve the Transition Agreement.

 

Discussion Forum:

A Membership Discussion Forum will be held on September 7, 8:30-10:30 a.m., in Waco Hall. The BAA board of directors has adopted standing rules for the discussion.

 

12 Responses to “Voting Information”

  1. Joe Novak says:

    VOTING – Since we will be voting in person, how will you be certain that only members in good standing will be the ones voting?
    How will we register to show we are members?
    Will the voting be by ballot?
    It is not necessary to respond to me; but, we are trusting you are working on the logistics of the questions raised above.
    Thanks for all your work. We will be there to vote yes.
    Joe Novak ’51

    • Larry Collins says:

      Joe,
      The procedures are listed above:
      On September 7, the BAA will begin verifying memberships at 8 a.m. outside Waco Hall. A photo ID for each member is required to verify membership.

      After verification, members will receive a voter registration card that they will exchange for a ballot when voting begins at 11:30. The voting meeting will begin at 11 a.m. with a period of debate no longer than thirty minutes.

      Voting will be by paper ballot. Voting polls will be open between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the Waco Hall lobby.

  2. Rex Carey says:

    There are Baylor alumni all over the world in the military and other pursuits “flinging their green and gold afar” who will not be able to vote. There are those who physically can’t make it to campus and those living too far away. The voting rules should be changed to provide for absentee voting, come up with a final transition agreement, give sufficient time to communicate the issues to all BAA members around the world, then vote.
    Rex Carey ’61

    • Lee Flowers says:

      I agree completely! I’m a Life Member for over 30 years but it will be impossible for me to be present. My voice, and thousands of others across the world, will not be heard. In this age of instant telecommunication, there is no reasonable explanation for not being able to cast an absentee vote! Thank you for any consideration that you may be able to afford those of us not present in Waco on September 7.

      Lee Flowers
      Class of 1981

      • Paul Sadler says:

        I agree wholeheartedly with Carey and Flowers. It automatically places a dark cloud over the vote when the BAA Board does not allow absentee balloting for so many alumni living in distant places. Your decision making group will represent an incredibly small fraction of the BAA membership. Perhaps that is what the BAA Board wants.

        • Charlie L says:

          You have to seriously question a vote with such arduous restrictions as “you must be present.” This totally minimizes the value that our Baylor education afforded us to be successful far outside of the Waco campus. Could they be more transparent in the effort to manipulate the vote to serve to local leadership desires and not the global community of alumni. Shame on you BAA… shame on you!

  3. Jamie (Hitchcock) Diamandopoulos '59 says:

    Page 2 of the Baylor Line says that an independent contractor will count and verify the vote. Which independent contractor? Paid by whom? Given instructions by whom? Verify how? Report the vote to whom?

    Also, the need to change the voting bylaws did not occur yesterday, so the lack of time is a poor excuse. They could have been changed in plenty of time for proxy or electronic voting.

  4. Cayetano E. Barrera says:

    Reading about the merger in the Baylor Line this week for the frirst time, I saw no compelling reason for the merger after reading the articles. I have been a life member for over forty years with three generations of Baylorites, and this seems like a rush job by the administration. I would venture to say that over 50% of the alumni live outside a 200 mile radius of Waco and it would be a hardship for them to go just to go cast their vote in person. this is a great diservice to alumni and the voting should be delayed and a form of absenti ballot established. Having said that, my vote is NO.

    Cayetano E. Barrera, M.D.

  5. Daniel J. Obregon says:

    Why is there no provision for absentee ballots? If someone we know is attending the meeting, can we designate them as our proxy?

  6. Paul L Sadler says:

    As a long-time life member, I agree completely and strongly with Carey and Flowers. The decision of the BAA Board not to allow absentee voting leaves the vast majority of Baylor alumni disenfranchised. There are indeed a great many alumni who care just as deeply about the future of Baylor who simply by distance and circumstances cannot be in Waco on September 7. The explanation in the FAQ sounds shallow and contrived. The decision-making group will represent an incredibly small sampling of Baylor alumni. Perhaps that is exactly what the BAA Board wants.

    Paul Sadler, BA 1972, PhD 1991

  7. Jason Wood says:

    I find it entirely unacceptable that members must be present to vote. Given that we live in a Digital Era, where correspondence and publications are delivered electronically, and even membership dues can be remitted online, why we must visit Waco for our vote to be counted is representative of an inadequate organization that is merely self-serving in nature.

  8. Stephen D. Howen says:

    As has been explained, the organization’s bylaws require voting in-person. The by-laws could have been changed through a membership meeting earlier in the summer; the leadership has known about this issue since May. It seems odd that something that is being trumpeted to BaylorNation (f/k/a the Baylor Family) as “historic” and of the utmost importance was not important enough to create a forum where all voices could be heard.

    Almost as if someone wanted to make sure the vote turnout was low so that a PR campaign centered in Waco–with billboards, Waco Trib editorials and catchy slogans– could have maximum impact.

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