2011 election of American Mensa
The 2011 election of American Mensa was the regular biennial election in which all elective positions on the American Mensa Committee were filled. In addition, there was one proposed bylaw amendment on the ballot.
There were 5,966 returned ballots from 45,043 eligible members with a final participation rate of 13.25%. 2,317 ballots were submitted via Web voting and 3,649 by paper ballot. Maggie Truelove was the election chair.
While there was no formal "anti-establishment" slate this time (as there had been with the "Round Table" team led by Dick Amyx in the 1993 elections), several candidates campaigned or were widely viewed as being in opposition to those currently in power, notably Lee Berkovits for chairman, Cary Chilson for treasurer, and Jared Levine for secretary.
Controversy erupted as the initially-reported results were quickly revoked for two of the positions due to an error by the outside vote tabulators (Survey and Ballot Systems). After examination by a third-party forensic auditor, it was determined that the electronic votes (via the American Mensa Web site) were mis-tabulated in the two races in which there were more than two candidates and the preferential voting system was used. The revised results changed the outcome of the vote for 1st Vice Chairman and Treasurer.
Several challenges were filed by candidates afterward, but no further action was taken after the final results were announced.
The bylaws amendment dealt with changing the manner in which vacancies in Regional Vice Chairman positions are filled, to comply with New York State law (under which American Mensa is incorporated); the current bylaw calls for appointment of replacements by the AMC, but this is apparently not lawful. Several attempts have been made to amend this, ranging from calling for new special elections to (as in this year's proposal) selection of a replacement by the Local Secretaries within the region involved, with differing opinions as to the legality of some of the proposals. This one failed due to lack of the required two-thirds vote.
Original results in two races with errors
1st Vice Chair
|Candidate||Round 1 Votes||Round 2 Votes||Notes|
|Robin Crawford||2,871||3,319||Declared elected (but later revoked)|
|Cookie Bakke||1,188||Eliminated in 1st round|
|Cary Chilson||3,379||Declared elected (but later revoked)|
The following positions were unopposed and the candidates were declared elected:
- RVC 1: Andrew Heffernan
- RVC 2: Marc Lederman
- RVC 3: Betsy Mark
- RVC 4: Ken Silver
- RVC 5: Bob Cox
- RVC 8: Debra Reiger
- RVC 10: Mel Dahl
|Elissa Rudolph||4,159||71.4%||Declared elected|
1st Vice Chair
|Candidate||Round 1 Votes||Round 1 Percentage||Round 2 Votes||Round 2 Percentage||Notes|
|Dan Burg||2781||47.8%||3560||61.6%||Declared elected|
|Robin Crawford||1245||21.4%||Eliminated in 1st round|
2nd Vice Chair
|John Recht||3,426||60.1%||Declared elected|
|Heather Poirier||3,453||60.2%||Declared elected|
|Nick Sanford||2165||38.0%||2966||52.9%||Declared elected|
|Guy Conti||1426||25.0%||Eliminated in 1st round|
|Roger Durham||385||70.5%||Declared elected|
|Peggy Pannke-Smith||282||84.2%||Declared elected|
|VeraLouise Kleinfeld Pfeiffer||53||15.8%|
|Clark Jones||460||63.1%||Declared elected|
Bylaw Amendment 1
|For||3008||54.8%||Failed to get required two-thirds vote|
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