Posted: 9:40 pm EDT
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The AFSA Governing Board Elections for 2015-2017 concluded on June 4. Preliminary results indicate that slightly over 4,000 votes were cast. About a quarter of over 16,000 eligible voters turned out to vote. This is still a low turnout but higher than all the previous years since we started paying attention — 20% in 2007, 23.91% in 2009, 17% in 2011, and 22% in 2013. Congratulations are in order to everyone who pushed the turnout to at least 25% this year!
The higher turnout is attributed to several factors including the presence of two slates, the new electronic voting system, AFSA reminders and the name recognition of candidates.
Preliminary results project the election of Ambassador Barbara Stephenson’s entire slate. Ambassador Stephenson garnered over 5o% of the votes for president. The remaining votes for the top spot were split with a 3% difference between Matthew Asada and Tex Harris.
The retiree representatives elected are all familiar names, John Limbert, Alphonse F. La Porta, Patricia Butenis, and Dean Haas. It also looks like all the State representatives are new with no incumbents reelected.
We will have a follow-up post as soon as official results are released.