Thu Phan wins special election For statewide first vice president

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Thu Phan won the special election for first vice president with approximately 71 percent of the vote. Bryan Kotta had 29 percent of the vote.

The Elections Committee's report is below:


The special election for first vice president was held in accordance with MAPE election rules and bylaws using web-based voting conducted by MAPE’s vendor, BigPulse.

In this web-based election, 10,302 members were eligible to vote. BigPulse sent emails containing election instructions to eligible voters.

Voting opened on May 9, 2018. Only one candidate submitted a photo and that photo was included on the initial ballot. A complaint was raised about this procedure and the candidates agreed with the Elections Committee to start voting over with photos of both candidates displayed on the ballots. The initial votes were canceled, and re-voting started May 10. Balloting was completed Wednesday, May 30, at 11:59 p.m. The total number of members voting was 3,545 out of 10,302 eligible voters, a participation rate of 34.41 percent.

Thu Phan was selected as first vice president with 70.8 percent of votes.

Seven members submitted comments regarding technical aspects of the election. Their concerns were addressed.

Pursuant to MAPE Election Rules, Article VII Section 8, the results are hereby certified and are posted on the MAPE website.

Statewide Elections Committee members:
Mike Landers, Chair
Robert “Bubba” Aguirre
Benjamin Stoebner
Christopher Cimafranca