The ballot for voting members of the National Rifle Association is included in the February issue of the member magazine, along with Nominating Committee recommendations and biographies of all of the candidates. Members (Life or higher, or annual members in good standing for five years) have until March 22 to have their ballots filled out, mailed and received, and can select up to 25 candidates out of 35 presented this cycle (adding write-in candidates if appropriate).
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Informed choices problematic for 2015 NRA Director election
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Quoting from the bottom of the ballot package's instruction page:
"DO NOT VOTE FOR MORE THAN 25 NAMES."
You can vote for as many of the nominees and/or add write in candidates but your total votes cannot exceed 25. I have read that many of the embarassingly small percentage of NRA members eligible to vote invalidate their ballots by voting for too many.
Again, from page "A" of the ballot package:
"The 25 nominees receiving the highest number of votes will be elected to the three-year term."
As a result of this method of scoring the votes, some have pointed out that to add more weight to your preferences for certain candidates, it may be in your interest to vote for fewer candidates than the 25 maximum, thereby not giving votes to candidates that you don't really feel as strongly about.
"The Committee received a total of 81 recommendations. Fifty-four individuals were Life members and, therefore, eligible eligible for consideration."
"Nominations by Petition of the Membership. A total of nine persons was nominated by petition. (Three of the nine had already been nominated by the Nominating Committee.) Each petition sponsored by an NRA member or member organization required the signatures of not less than 250 voting members."
So...... It would take the signatures of 250 NRA voting members who are threepers to nominate David Codrea (who is a Life member of the NRA) to next years ballot. Since I'm already writing him in for this year, as I have in the past, I would be more than willing to put my signature on that petition.
Hell, if the BATFE can nominate NFATCA snitch John Brown, I can't think of any reason why we on this blog can't nominate Mr. Codrea.
I don't have a problem with the fact that information about Directorship candidates isn't available on The NRA's web site. That information is readily available to all voting members in their magazine. Why should The NRA put that info on the web site for all to see, including the NRA's enemies?
- Olf Greybeard
Informed choices? I got one of those ballots a few years ago and read everything carefully. When I got done, I still didn't know enough about those people to make any kind of informed choice. They were all strangers and I had no way to match the words on the paper with reality and personality.
I don't know how the NRA could improve the situation, really, but I understand that there isn't even a way to contact these people, to ask them questions - either before or after the vote.
Given the long time history of the NRA, what about this list of strangers would make me hope for anything different?
I already sent mine in. I did not vote for John K. Brown. Robert K. Brown yes. I also voted for everyone who was not recommended by the nominating committee. I voted for most but not all recommended by Col. Brown.
From what I read on the internet it seems that John Brown is some sort of fifth columnist who would throw our gun rights under the bus when the chips are down.
Thanks Mike for covering this.
I intend to vote and I am utilizing the information you have been posting about the candidates available to make my decision. I would recommend everyone else do the same that has the opportunity to vote.
Gun Owners need the NRA, it has it's warts for sure (but when your nose has a wart do you cut the nose off or the wart?). It has become like so many other organizations i.e. GOP, unions, etc. where those in control are mainly interested in their own survival or promotion and not the membership that they represent. I work with the trades and those blue collar workers (who are pro gun rights) are not represented by their union leadership in many issues like gun rights, just like the NRA leadership is out of step with most of their membership when they decide to support a candidate like Harry Reid over a Tea party candidate. Wayne & any board member who supported that decision should be let go immediately for that decision alone!
IMHO the vast majority of members of the NRA are for liberty & related issues and candidates, but in many cases what drives the NRA's decision making is who has the best chance to win and not who is the best candidate for liberty.
We are coming to a point in time soon in my opinion where what anyone or anything has done in the past will be of little meaning as to what they do today & tomorrow whereas the four boxes of freedom may all be then in play. But those in the past that have made the wrong decisions most likely will be making wrong decisions now & in the future too, they must be purged from leadership.
Death before slavery!
NRA Patron level member
Methinks they should have a debate on NRA News Cam & Company!
"Gun Owners need the NRA, it has it's warts for sure (but when your nose has a wart do you cut the nose off or the wart?). It has become like so many other organizations i.e. GOP, unions, etc. where those in control are mainly interested in their own survival or promotion and not the membership that they represent."
Comrade X speaks for me as well in this matter.
NRA Endowment Member
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