As per our Constitution and By-Laws we have elections for our Executive Board every "even" year. The Executive Board consists of President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. This year all positions have two candidates running with the exception of Treasurer. Our current Treasurer, Bob Abarno, was unopposed. Congratulations Bob!
The ballots went out this past Thursday, April 19th, and most members have already received them. Did you vote yet? It may sound a little pushy since they can be post-marked as late as May 4th, however, typically between 100 and 200 COBANC members DO NOT cast a vote in Executive Board elections.
The last two Presidential elections were decided by 16 votes and 1 vote. So you can see that every vote does count.
Almost everybody intends to vote but life often times gets in the way. Those that don't vote right away tend to put the ballot on the kitchen or coffee table with the intention of getting back to it later. Then, mail and/or school related paperwork ends up on top of it - sometimes layer upon layer until it is temporarily forgotten and the deadline passes. Don't let that be you.
As I go around to our court buildings I often ask members if they come to Town Hall or General Membership meetings. Many do, but many people have personal responsibilities that get in the way; be it a second job, things to do with the kids or just tons of work at home. But, I have also heard, only too often, that members go to one meeting and get turned off by the yelling and arguing that sometimes occurs. Now, most of that is good old debate, but sometimes, the way it is done, it is far more disruptive than helpful. It's unfortunate, but I understand why some members never make a second meeting.
Well, all COBANC elections, proposed Constitution & By-Laws changes and contract votes are achieved with a mailout to the members home. This is every members chance to speak as loudly as any member yelling at a meeting. Through a mail-out vote, everyone's opinion is treated and counted equally. This is an easy method for you to be heard - loud and clear.
So I ask you, if you haven't already, to cast your ballot TODAY. "X" the boxes and get them into the mail tomorrow so your vote will definitely be counted. Don't let the opportunity to be heard slip away.