We struggled about how to provide the option to vote to members. We definitely wanted to provide the option to do so online and in fact, in previous meetings I stated that we would be providing both online and at the meeting options for the membership to vote. The results would be an aggregate of both methods. This was seen as being fair to all members in giving them the opportunity to exercise their democratic right.
I do apologize that the winner was announced without both candidates in attendance. I did not notice that Reinhard wasn’t there and had asked other members to facilitate and manage the process as I did not feel it was appropriate for me to do so.