The rule proposal that has been on the table during the month of March did not get a majority of cast votes in favor, and thus does not become part of the TrackChaser rules / guidelines, which will remain unchanged. There were six votes cast in favor of the proposal, and six votes cast against the proposal.
Voting against (in alphabetical order) were: Roger Ferrell, Gordy Killian, Mike Knappenberger, Andy Sivi, Roland Vanden Eynde, and Will White.
Voting in favor (in alphabetical order) were: Bruce Eckel, Pat Eckel, Bing Metz, Guy Smith, Norm Wagner, Paul Weisel, Jr.
Choosing not to vote on this proposal (in alphabetical order) were: Allan Brown, Nancy Brown, Jack Erdmann, PJ Hollebrand, John Moore, Pam Smith, Eleanor Weidman, Paul Weidman.
Thanks to everyone, voter and other group members, who voiced an opinion, either publicly or privately. Several eligible to vote but non-voters responded privately with their reasoning for choosing not to vote. Sixty percent of the eligible voters did choose to cast a vote on the proposal. In the 2010 US Federal elections, only 37.8% of eligible voters cast ballots. In the 2008 US Federal election to choose the President of the United States, 56.8% voted. To top 60% participation in a US Federal election, you would have to go all the way back to the Presidential election of 1968.
All of the eligible voters had the right to vote yes or no, for whatever reason they chose, and which they are under no obligation to discuss with anyone. Similarly, those that chose not to vote had every right to do so for whatever reason they chose, and are also under no obligation to explain their decision. It is expected that everyone in this group and on this listserve will respect the choice of each and every eligible voter.
We have had two relatively recent rule proposals centering on the flat go kart racing. One proposal to include them in all TrackChaser categories, and another proposal to include them with special status in their own separate category. Neither proposal passed. I strongly urge the group to leave this issue off the table, at least in the near term. As one voter put it: "There is car racing, go kart racing, and motorcycle racing. I joined a car racing group and would like it to stay that way". Another summed it up more succinctly: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it".
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