Election Results: ACPE Proposed Bylaw Amendments
By Carlos R. Bell, ACPE President  |  May 2017


ACPE is Working Together, Building Together. 

The ACPE proposed amendments to the ACPE bylaws were emailed on Wednesday, May 24 at 8:00 AM EDT. Polls were open until Friday, May 26 at 11:59 PM EDT. The election results have now been verified by Carlos R. Bell, ACPE President, and Miguel Santamaria, ACPE Secretary.

ACPE members voted against the six proposed amendments. To pass, each amendment required 2/3 of voting members approval. 

Stats:                                                                                                                 

 

410 ballots submitted of 1,311 eligible voters
31% of eligible voters participated; only 5% was required for a quorum

Proposed Amendment 2.02:
o No - I reject the amendment, 231 votes (57.2%)
o Yes - I approve the amendment, 173 (42.8%)
o 404 votes were tallied and 6 abstentions
o No – I reject the amendment wins with 57.2% of the vote

Proposed Amendment 3.02:

o No – I reject the amendment, 268 votes (68.9%)
o Yes – I approve the amendment, 133 votes (33.2%)
o 401 votes tallied and 9 abstentions
o No – I reject the amendment wins with 66.8% of the vote 



 • Proposed Amendment 5.01:

o No – I reject the amendment, 260 votes (66.5%)
o Yes – I approve the amendment, 131 votes (33.5%)
o 391 votes tallied and 19 abstentions
o No – I reject the amendment wins with 66.5% of the vote



 • Proposed Amendment 6.01: 

o No – I reject the amendment, 238 votes (60.7%)
o Yes – I approve the amendment, 154 votes (39.3%)
o 392 votes tallied and 18 abstentions
o No – I reject the amendment wins with 60.7% of the vote



 • Proposed Amendment 7.08:

o No – I reject the amendment, 268 votes (67.8%)
o Yes – I approve the amendment, 127 votes (32.2%)
o 395 votes tallied and 15 abstentions
o No – I reject the vote wins with 67.8% of the vote



 • Proposed Amendment Amend the Bylaws by Inserting New Article 7:

o No – I reject the amendment, 278 votes (72.2%)
o Yes – I approve the amendment 107 votes (27.8%)
o 385 votes tallied and 25 abstentions
o No – I reject the amendment wins with 72.2% of the vote

The new bylaws passed in October 2016. The proposed amendments recommended changes to that document. Each proposed amendment was accompanied by the text of the original, the proposed change, a rationale for the change, pros and cons of the change, and a recommendation to the membership by the board regarding the vote. To facilitate the election, ACPE chose Election Buddy to ensure voting integrity and a secure election. Eligible ACPE members received their ballots via email, an announcement on the ACPE homepage, weekly briefings, newsletters, the annual conference, and friendly email reminders.

About a dozen people reached out to the national office after the polls closed with concerns about the amount of time the polls were open and/or their ability to vote. Considering the margins of each amendment, these votes would not have changed the outcome of the election. However, I want to assure you that your concerns were shared with me. We will take your feedback and continue to work to improve our election process. Although not perfect, voting online allows for greater membership participation in our elections. We estimate that 340 people attended the annual member meeting in Minneapolis a few weeks ago compared to over 400 people who participated in our latest election.

Voter engagement is essential to the mission, vision, and future of ACPE because it not only empowers the members to work together, but it also helps us to further our goal to be “The Standard for Spiritual Care and Education.” I trust that we will continue to Work Together, Build Together our beloved ACPE for a brighter tomorrow.