LAB election irregularities

7.  Additional examples of bias

Unequal access to League mailing list

Fred Oswald and John Allen had the use of the League’s mailing list only as a difficult to read paper roster in a format that did not allow of optical character recognition.  The Board members who sent out the letter in support of Mark Terman had the use of the League’s mailing list in digital form, allowing computer addressing of the mass mailing, as shown on the envelope below.

The return address is that of Barbara Sturges, the Board member for Region 4 whose seat was contested by Fred Oswald and Mark Terman, but the mailing was sent from "Southern MD 207" ZIP code — near the LAB office in Washington, DC.

Only endorsed candidates mentioned on Web site

The notice about the election on the League’s Web site consisted of the following item in which only the Board’s endorsed candidates were mentioned.  There was no mention of the other candidates anywhere on the Web site.  The following was posted at  Board of Directors and National Policies -> Elections to the Board (no longer available — was replaced by a report on election results)

League Board Recommends Candidates for Regional Seats

At the November 22-23, 2002 Board meeting, the League Board of Directors unanimously endorsed the following candidates for regional seats:

Region 1 (ME, VT, NH, MA, CT, RI, NY)

Region 4 (IL, MI, IN, OH)

Region 6 (CA, NV, OR, WA, HI, AK, ID)

Candidates will have statements in the League’s winter publication (the 2003 Almanac).  Ballots will be mailed via the Almanac to the membership in mid-February and must be returned to the League by April 15, 2003. Newly elected board members will take their seats at the League Board meeting at the 2003 National Rally.

The League Board also elected the following 3 at-large Directors at the November meeting:

Brenda Pulley
Government Relations, Alcan

Mike Greehan
Advocacy Director, Interbike

Martha Roskowski
Campaign Manager, America Bikes

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