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Alliance Council Democracy in Sports

New Alliance Bylaw: codifying the voting procedures for Alliance Council Executive

9 January 2019

By Martin Buckley

Alliance Council is structured and operates according to the rules set out in The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure – except where clarified or modified by the Alliance Constitution and Bylaws.

The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure is informally known as “Sturgis” and previously as The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure by Alice Sturgis. This is similar to the more well known Robert’s Rules of Order.

Bylaw 12 was written, reviewed and adopted by the Alliance Council in January 2019. It describes the procedures for nomination and voting for the Alliance Council Executive Committee.

BYLAW 12. VOTING PROCEDURES FOR EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Voting for members of the Executive Committee is carried out at the first business meeting of the Alliance Council business year as defined in the Constitution and Bylaws.
Vote tallying, scrutineering and counting is performed by an Election Committee, convened exclusively for this annual election.

The order of elections is:

  1. President
  2. Vice President
  3. Secretary
  4. Treasurer (if required)
  5. At Large positions
    The composition of the Executive Committee is described in the Alliance Council Constitution and Bylaws.

12.1 Election Committee. At least two Alliance Council members, who are present at the first meeting of the business year, and who are not standing for membership of the Executive Committee shall be chosen to conduct the election and act as the Election Committee.
12.2 Nominations. Alliance Council members may self-nominate, or be nominated, for any of the positions on the Executive Committee.
• An Alliance Council Member may contact the outgoing Executive Committee by email after the final business meeting of the business year, but prior to the first business meeting of the next business year and state which position for which they would like to be nominated.
• Any Council Member can give a nomination from the floor during the announcements of the nominations by the Election Committee.
12.3 Nomination and Voting. The following procedure is used to nominate and vote for the members of the Executive Committee:
• The outgoing Alliance Council President, or other member of the outgoing Executive Committee, will pass any nominations for each Executive Committee position to the Election Committee.
• The Election Committee will first give the names of the nominees for the office of Alliance Council President received prior to the first business meeting.
• The Election Committee will then ask for nominations from the floor for the office of Alliance Council President.
• Voting will then take place for the office of Alliance Council President.
• This process will continue for each office until all have been completed.
• The order of nomination and voting is:
o President
o Vice President
o Secretary
o Treasurer (if required)
o At Large positions
• An Alliance Council member can be nominated for multiple positions.
• An Alliance Council member nominated for multiple positions is removed from the nomination pool for subsequent positions once elected.
• An Alliance Council member can withdraw from the election at any point during nomination or voting
• If a nominee is unopposed, the nominee is elected by declaration
• For offices with two or more nominees, each nominee will be given up to five minutes to speak to and take questions from the Alliance Council as to why they should be elected.
• If a nominee cannot be present at the meeting, they can submit a speech ahead of time to a member of the Alliance Council to read on their behalf.
• After the conclusion of the speeches, the Election Committee will manage ballots for Council Members to cast their votes. The votes will be returned to the Election Committee.
• Members of the Election Committee will count the votes to ensure the validity of the vote.
• In the event of a tie with three (3) or more nominees: The lowest vote nominee will be removed from the election pool, and the vote re-run
• In the event of a tie with two (2) nominees: there will be a drawing of lots (for example drawing a name from a hat). This drawing of lots will be overseen by the Election Committee.
• At Large positions are separate positions on Executive Committee and each vote is independent of the others.
• Voting is in-person. There is no proxy or voting by telephone.
12.4 Recording of Election results.
• Vote totals are not retained outside of the count and scrutiny requirements of the Election Committee.
• Vote totals are not recorded in official minutes.
• Official minutes should record the nominations, the winner of the election and whether the nomination was unopposed.
12.5 Voting for Vacancies outside of the first business meeting.
If an Executive Committee position becomes open, through resignation or expansion of the Executive Committee, the above procedures should be used to elect a replacement member of the Executive Committee from the Alliance Council.

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Alliance Council Democracy in Sports

Recognised Supporter Groups – 2019 Season

Back in March 2017 we amended Alliance Bylaw 7 to include specific language and procedures about how Supporter Groups would be recognised.

For the 2019 Season the following four (4) Supporter Groups are recognised by the Alliance Council:

Eastside Supporters
Emerald City Supporters (ECS)
Gorilla FC
North End Faithful

There is one (1) inactive Supporter Group:

Immortal Fury/Furia Imortal


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Alliance Council Democracy in Sports Editorials

Nominating yourself for Alliance Council

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1 June 2017, updated 18 November 2018

By Martin Buckley

Are you interested in standing for Alliance Council – and representing your fellow fans, Season Ticket Holders and Alliance Members?

First read this quick overview of what is expected. Still interested? Here’s the quick guide.

Voting runs during the Alliance business year. This is aligned with the Sounders FC year – so we start on 1 December and close the year on 30 November. If you get your 25 votes during the first half of the Alliance business year (by end of May) then you join the Alliance Council for that year. If you get your 25 votes during the second half (June to end November) then you will join the following year.

Before you start you will need:

  • Your Alliance Membership Number – also known as your Season Ticket Account Number.
  • Email address connected with this Alliance Membership.

Note: your Alliance Membership number or Season Ticket Account number is in the SoundersFC App under MatchPass, on your printed MatchPass or contact your Ticket Rep. If you are not the primary Season Ticket holder you will need to be designated to one of the seats using your current email address.

Voting is hosted and managed through The Club. In order to nominate first go to the voting site. You can access this directly at https://vote.soundersfc.com or  by navigating through the Sounders FC website. Supporters – Democracy In Sports – Nominate and Vote.

Note: the Login/Sign up button on the front page of Sounders FC website is for the MLS affiliated website – it’s worth doing – but won’t help you with nomination or voting.

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Once at the Nomination and Voting page you will need to login. This is where your email address associated with your Alliance Membership or Season Ticket is required. You will also need your Account Number.

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You will see a list of Available Ballots. This is where all election and votes will be listed – including GM Vote Of Confidence, Alliance Council elections, Constitution Ratification etc.

To nominate yourself – click Nominate Myself. Fill in the short bio, click Next and Submit. You are done and on the ballot.

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Next step – talk to your friends and fellow fans and get their votes!

Since Summer 2017 all votes for Alliance Council have been weighted – you need 25 votes to join Alliance Council.

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Alliance Council Annual Business Meeting Editorials Meetings

2018 Annual Business Meeting – call for questions

18 October 2018

By Martin Buckley

Alliance Council are reaching out to the broad Seattle Sounders fan base to look for insightful questions that you want to be asked at the Annual Business Meeting.

Representatives from Club Ownership, Front Office, Playing Staff and Alliance Council will be present at the meeting.

The call for questions was closed just prior to start of the the Annual Business Meeting.

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Alliance Council

Your 2018 Alliance Council – new names and faces

2 February 2018

By Martin Buckley

The Alliance Council Business Year started on 1 December 2017 – and with the new year we welcomed new members, said farewell to those leaving Alliance Council – and also elected a new Executive Committee.

The full 2018 Alliance Council roster can be found here. As new members join we will update the list.

Details of the Executive Committee election can be seen here in the December 2017 meeting recap and in the December 2017 minutes.

Heartfelt thanks to those who left the Alliance Council. Every individual gave time and worked to ensure that the Alliance grows stronger and the fan experience improves every game.

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2017 Alliance Council Annual Business Meeting

2017 Annual Business Meeting

Recording of the Live Stream of the 2017 Alliance Annual Business Meeting.

This event was held at The Ninety on 8th November 2017.

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Alliance Council Democracy in Sports Editorials

Alliance Council statement – call out to MLS

1 November 2017

By Martin Buckley and Stephanie Steiner

As the Alliance Council, representing Alliance Members and fans of Seattle Sounders FC, we recognize and celebrate the diversity of our communities.

Alliance Council and Supporter Groups have worked closely with the Sounders FC throughout the years around the fan experience inside and outside of the stadium.  We gave our strong opinions back in September following a series of incidents. We know that Community is important to all of us, and we continue to have a regular face-to-face engagement to advocate for and represent all fans.

We have seen how Alliance members and fellow fans have not been treated as expected – both at home and last weekend in Vancouver, BC. As fans we have been left frustrated, angry and confused at the vacuum in communication around these serious issues. We encourage all Sounders fans to respect and support each other as a community.

Alliance Council recognize our Club Ownership and Front Office for their continued support – both visible and otherwise. We applaud our Ownership in issuing a jointly signed, though delayed, statement of values: “At a human level, we believe these values to be non-­political. Speaking up for equality is simply the right thing to do.” We believe their statement was originally intended to be stronger, and we believe the dilution and the delay to be caused by MLS decision-makers.

Alliance Council look beyond our Club to Major League Soccer to provide a clear statement of values that recognizes the diversity of the fan base. The silence in this matter is deafening, disappointing and cowardly.  The decision made to eject our fans last Sunday was wrong, and the silence surrounding the decision is wrong.

Soccer is a global platform of inclusion and unity, and even a common language. Soccer is love, passion, and lifelong devotion.  It is these commitments that create the very foundations of Clubs around the world that have existed for more than a century.  Fans first, MLS.  Fans first.

Thanks to Jeff Williams and Roberta King for their content and for reviewing this statement.

Statement from Sounders FC was posted here – http://soundersalliance.org/2017/10/31/statement-from-club/

 

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Statement from Club

STATEMENT ON BEHALF OF SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC OWNERSHIP
A public statement from Seattle leadership following Sunday’s Western Conference Semifinals first leg in Vancouver

For Immediate Release: October 31, 2017
Contact: Alex Caulfield, 206-­512-­1225

SEATTLE, WASH. – On behalf of its Ownership Group, Seattle Sounders FC today issued the following statement on the heels of Sunday’s first leg of the 2017 MLS Western Conference Semifinals:

“Seattle Sounders FC is aware of the events that occurred within the club’s supporters’ section during the first leg of the 2017 Western Conference Semifinals at  BC Place on Sunday evening, where two travelling supporters were ejected for holding a sign that read: ‘Anti-­fascist, anti-­racist, always Seattle.’ We would like to reassure our fans that both the league and our club believe strongly in inclusion and acceptance. Tolerance and inclusiveness are pillars of our society, and ideals we take seriously as an organization. At a human level, we believe these values to be non-­political. Speaking up for equality is simply the right thing to do.”

/s/ Adrian Hanauer  Joe Roth Paul Allen  Drew Carey

10-31-17 Sounders FC Club Statement

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Alliance Council Executive – comments on Sounders FC and CenturyLink Field statement

12 September 2017

By Martin Buckley and Stephanie Steiner

Alliance Council have been working directly with the Sounders FC around the entire fan experience since before the first game of the season.

The multiple changes for entry to CenturyLink Field, the move to clear bags and limits on sizes of purses have presented many challenges. We continue to present our experiences and concerns to the Club – and encourage all fans to report issues as they occur. Please stay in touch with your ticket representatives and provide details of any concerns or issues (time, gate, person’s name if possible).

We are fans too. We enter the stadium through the same gates and experience the same security teams. During the season we have seen a repeated lack of consistency in the application of gate policy. As stewards of the fan experience we have collected this repeatedly and brought it to the Club.

This past weekend many of our fans reported a range of unsatisfactory experiences. Yes we listened, yes we flagged these immediately post game with our Front  Office representatives.

As fans we won’t see the inner workings of the Club. This is similar to an iceberg. We see the ten percent above the waterline.

The joint statement from the Sounders FC and CenturyLink Field is much like this. Weas fans, as Alliance Council – are not privy to the internal conversations and activities of the Club. I can imagine there were meetings across different groups – and these are likely sensitive.

What we do know is that the Club is listening to us all – Alliance Council, Supporter Groups, and every individual fan who provides feedback. We expect our Club to always celebrate and support the diversity of the fans and our broader community.

What we expect from our Club and the stadium at this time is inclusive, welcoming and consistent treatment for every fan. At the gates. Inside the stadium. Every time.

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Statement on Fan Related Complaints

12 September 2017

By Martin Buckley and Stephanie Steiner

“Seattle Sounders FC and Century Link Field are aware of fan-related ingress complaints over the last several matches.  Both sides are working collectively to identify and address these concerns.” – Seattle Sounders FC and CenturyLink Field