With 2019 coming to a close, the usual 26 seats on the NRA Board of Directors (DoB) will be up for election, however, we have had an unprecedented string of resignations from the NRA board. Eight directors and counting since May! While many of those vacancies were filled (per the bylaws) from last year’s runners-up (what is left of them), this year will include some 32 directors being elected (subject to change).
The list of candidates was sent out a few weeks ago shortly before Dan Boren’s resignation. If the trend continues, expect to see a few more resignations between now and the election. With only 39 candidates on the ballot, 82% will be elected out of the gate and that percentage will likely rise.
How does one get on the ballot for the NRA BoD?
The simple answer is that the NRA controls nearly all of that. In April 2019, while we were all shocked at Oliver North’s abdication, the board rapidly pushed through a bylaw amendment which introduced a new minimum qualification for BoD eligibility. They so hastily passed a “5 year lifetime membership” requirement that we watched them amend it further for clarification at the September Board Meeting.
Only by the petition of the members or by the blessing of the Nominating Committee can one who as a minimum of five years lifetime NRA member be placed onto the ballot.
Who is on this year’s ballot?
26 of the 39 are currently on the NRA BoD. That’s 66% incumbents on your ballot.
4 of the 13 not currently on the NRA BoD have been before! That’s 77% on the ballot who have been there and done that before.
37 of 39 are nominated by the Nominating Committee. That’s 95% of the ballot being controlled by who exactly?
2 candidates running by petition of the members soley.
1 candidate running by petition, not having served previously on the BoD – Mr. Frank Tait.
3 Directors w/Terms expiring on the NRA BoD and not on the ballot: Lance Olson, Heidi Washington and Melanie Pepper. They’re getting the boot, why?
33% of the candidates would be ineligible for the BoD if Save the Second’s Term Limit Bylaw Amendment Proposal By Petition is ratified.
What can I do?
You can be informed! You can vote wisely! You can make your voice heard! You can campaign for or against these candidates! You can be involved in your NRA! If you don’t believe that our NRA is in desperate need of reform check out our Why Reform page or feel free to jump into the discussion on our Facebook page.
What EVER you do. Don’t be one of the 94% of voting eligible NRA members that DIDN’T vote last year.