Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
Kevin Standlee
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WSFS Site Selection Business Meeting Report

The Main Business Meeting having settled all remaining substantive business yesterday, today's Site Selection Business Meeting was primarily for the formal announcement of the 2014 NASFiC and 2015 Worldcon Site Selection results. Like in a horse race, we saw who crossed the line last night, but the tickets can't be paid until the OFFICIAL sign goes up. In our case, the actual point where the election becomes final is when the standard procedural motion "to destroy the ballots" is passed (generally by unanimous consent) by the meeting. At that point, the results are final and the winning bid is now a seated convention and can start selling memberships.

With two elections, we got to do that twice: once for Detcon 1, the 2014 NASFiC in Detroit, and then again for Sasquon, the 2015 Worldcon in Spokane.

The full details, including the list of individual write-in candidates and No Preference ballots (the latter of which don't count toward the total for the purpose of determining a majority) will be available elsewhere, but here's the critical figures, summarized.

For NASFiC, it was straightforward, albeit close:

Detroit 231
Phoenix 201
Others 3

Detroit won on the first ballot.

As expected, Worldcon was more complicated. We started by counting everyone's first preferences:

Helsinki 528
Orlando 304
Spokane 470
Others 26
Total with Preference 1328
Needed to Elect (Majority) 665

Although Helsinki had more votes than anyone else, they didn't have a majority (at this point, they had only about 40% of the votes). We redistributed the minor candidates, including None of the Above, resulting in the second ballot:

Helsinki 533
Orlando 307
Spokane 481

Total with Preference 1321
Needed to Elect 661

There are fewer ballots with a preference here because some of the Others had no further preferences and therefore no longer count. Helsinki still leads, but still doesn't have a majority. Orlando, which is now in last place, was eliminated and all of their votes redistributed to their voters' next-highest preferences, resulting in the third and final ballot:

Helsinki 610
Spokane 645

Total with Preference 1255
Needed to Elect 628

Helsinki picked up 77 of Orlando's votes, but 164 of Orlando's voters preferred Spokane. (66 Orlando voters didn't care who won if Orlando didn't.) Spokane therefore was able to catch up to Helsinki and pass them, polling a majority at this point and winning the election.

After each election became official, the newly-seated convention made their initial presentations and took questions. They had a short recess after that, followed by Question Time for Loncon 3, and then presentations and announcements from future bids. Lisa tried to record each of them separately, and they're uploading as I write this. Later tonight I will post a full list of the videos, but if you go over to my YouTube account you can probably find all of them now if you're really interested.

Business Meeting Chairman Don Eastlake then reviewed all of the WSFS standing and special committees and the appointments he made to all of them, except the Mark Protection Committee, whose members are elected by the Business Meeting. I'm sorry, but I haven't made detailed notes on these appointments. Note that it's now too late to have Don appoint you to any of these committees. You'll have to contact the individual committee chairs (I'll try to post contact information when I have it) to see if they are willing to add you to their committees. Some of the committees, particularly the YA Hugo Study Committee, are already quite large and thus unlikely to accept too many more people. Overly large committees get unwieldy.

With all business completed, the final action was to adjourn sine die (without date), which ends all WSFS Business for this year. With that, we were done for 2013. But there is a lot of committee work to do between now and Loncon 3, where timill gets to take charge of the circus for 2014.
Tags: business meeting, loncon, lonestarcon, worldcon, wsfs
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