Preliminary report of rank-and-file Tallying Committee for the 2022 AMO Election of National Officers, final report of TrueBallot, Inc.
PRELIMINARY REPORT OF THE TALLYING COMMITTEE FOR THE 2022 AMO ELECTION OF NATIONAL OFFICERS
In accordance with the AMO National Constitution, a six-person Tallying Committee of AMO members in good standing - consisting of five members and one alternate - was elected at a special meeting held at Headquarters in Dania Beach, FL on November 28, 2022, the Monday morning during the week prior to the regular December 2022 membership meeting. That meeting was held today, December 7, 2022. We, the undersigned members of the Tallying Committee elected at the special meeting, make the following preliminary report.
Today we gathered at AMO Headquarters, and after electing our Chair and Secretary, we went to the depository with an empty and locked ballot box in the custody of TrueBallot, Inc., the AMO's independent mailing and balloting service. We were accompanied by member observers. The ballot box was unlocked at the depository, the depository placed all the contents received into the box and then the box was locked again. Before the box left the depository premises, an employee there photographed the container that held the ballots and confirmed in person that the container was emptied in its entirety.
Upon returning to Headquarters the ballot box was unlocked. We took inventory of the contents of the ballot box and, after separating out mail that did not contain ballots, received 969 ballots. Of that number, 959 ballots arrived in proper outer envelopes. We received 10 ballots in improper outer envelopes but we discussed the issue and made a ruling to accept them all. One ballot was not received; we voided it because there was no identification either on the envelope or inside of it. There was no member for whom more than one ballot was received.
TrueBallot scanned the ballots to check against the AMO's updated list of members in good standing, which was provided to them by AMO yesterday. We decided to review those 99 ballots manually against the AMO ballot list. After doing so we identified six that we deemed needed further review. With the assistance of AMO staff, we reviewed AMO member records for the six that received further review and determined that four of these were eligible to vote. Thus, the number of ineligible ballots was reduced to 95.
Eight hundred and seventy-four (874) ballots were counted by TrueBallot according to TrueBallot's Final Report and Final Tally, both of which are attached and which were provided to us after all eligible votes were counted. The attached reflect the following vote totals:
National Executive Vice President
National Vice President Deep Sea
National Vice President Government Relations
National Vice President Great Lakes
National Vice President Inland Waters
No written protests were received by any member claiming an improper denial of the right to vote. No member of the Tallying Committee dissents from this preliminary report.
December 7, 2022
Signed by: Joseph Gelhaus (Chair), Frank Celino (Secretary), John Regina, Michael Camp, Luis Correa, Christopher Sharik (Alternate)
Final report of TrueBallot, Inc.
TrueBallot, Inc. was appointed impartial balloting agency to supervise the conduct of the ballot with respect to the AMO National Officer Election. The ballots were tabulated on December 7, 2022.
The ballot and materials were approved as to form. A total of 3,276 ballots were sent to the general membership. Voters voted via mail. A total of 173 duplicate ballots were sent to members. Ninety-four voters were added to the list. A total of 109 ballots were returned as undeliverable by the USPS. The balloting period was from August 1, 2022 to December 7, 2022. The United States Post Office in Dania Beach, Florida acted as depositor for receipt of all ballots. TrueBallot, Inc. was authorized to act as coordinator during the balloting period, to mail duplicate ballots to any member on authorized request for a duplicate ballot, and to keep a record of all duplicate ballots mailed. Returned mail ballots were collected from the post office and returned to the tally site on December 7, 2022.
Of the ballots mailed to the general membership entitled to vote, 874 ballot envelopes were returned and registered against the list of eligible voters. Any duplicates or ineligible ballots were removed. The mail ballots were removed from their secret ballot envelopes, and 874 ballots were counted.
After the ballots were registered, the outer envelopes were opened, and ballots were removed. Ballots were optically imaged and processed to obtain the data. Rules were applied to the data to remove void data from the tally. Questionable ballots were audited and corrected as needed.
The results of the balloting are herewith certified and are attached hereto. It is our opinion as impartial balloting agency that the results of the balloting are true and accurate, and the ballots were properly counted. At the end of the counting, all ballots and materials were placed in appropriate containers, sealed, and delivered to the organization. A CD with all the ballot data and ballot images was delivered along with the ballot materials.
John L. Seibel
National President (Vote for 1)
National Secretary-Treasurer (Vote for 1)
National Executive Vice President (Vote for 1)
National Vice President Deep Sea (Vote for 1)
National Vice President Government Relations (Vote for 1)
National Vice President Great Lakes (Vote for 1)
National Vice President Inland Waters (Vote for 1)