POLLING JUNCTION, TN – Since the historic landslide poll results were announced last Thursday by Greg Cook CPA that 63% of the TWHBEA members voted for passage of HR 1518/S.1406 which will remove the pads and chains, eliminate HIOs and make horse soring a felony with prison time, the “Big Lickers” have been in a pluperfect panic trying to discredit the Poll.
The simple truth is – the Poll cannot be discredited.
The PSHA spokesperson Jeffrey Howard
also The Walking Horse Report Editor, has described the 26% turnout, as “Little Response”. One thing for sure, with all the palaver created by Jeffrey Howard who said “They’ll never count the votes” and the PSHA, USDA suing and losing “Big Lick” crowd, this thing is beginning to resemble the rumble in the jungle. The “Little Response” certainly seems to have morphed into a rather large response.
Regarding Howard’s description “Little Response”, Jeffrey has also questioned the wording of the postcard mailer while “Big Lickers” in denial have expressed doubts that the postcards were mailed to all of the TWHBA members.
Here is the cold hard truth:
1. The Poll Turnout – 26% – was extraordinarily strong under any circumstances, and especially for persons to not know the ballot was arriving and no explanation at the time it arrived. This was thanks in large part to TWHBEA President Loyd Black who unsuccessfully attempted to suppress and sabotage the Poll, until he resigned last Monday.
2. The Poll Question wording was fair and square. Actually, it pretty much mirrored the May 27, 2013 historic Statement of TWHBEA President Tracy Boyd
who said “when you’ve lost the public, you’ve lost it all”, and referred to a soring ‘stigma’ hanging over the Tennessee Walking Horse breed like a ‘black cloud’. The poll question called for a – “YES” or “NO” vote on passage of HR 1518/S.1406 PAST Act. Pat Stout didn’t tell anyone how to vote. She “urged all members to vote their convictions on this matter”.
3. The postcards were mailed to the 6,945 eligible to vote members of TWHBEA.
4. The Invoice below documents the number of postcards paid for and to be mailed.
4. The cards arrived earlier than expected on September 23, 2013, and they were not expected to arrive until September 25, 2013. For four days, TWHBEA President Loyd Black refused to allow Pat Stout to use the TWHBEA website or Facebook page to explain the Poll. Interestingly, on September 27, 2013, the TWHBEA Executive Committee decided to allow Stout to put the information about the Poll on the TWHBEA Facebook page.
5. There has been a lot said about TWHBEA members saying they did not receive a postcard ballot. A lot of it has come from hard core Big Lickers attempting to discredit the Poll. The facts are the postcards are about 4″ X 6″, and they are certainly not as big as a normal envelope. Postcards can easily get inside junk mail, or mixed up with other mail, and some people most likely didn’t realize what the postcards were and threw them away with not realizing they had done. But 1,795 people got the cards, cast their votes, and returned the mailer ballots to Greg Cook, CPA.
6. The one thing there is no doubt about is that 6,945 postcards were mailed to the eligible to vote TWHBEA members.
TURNOUT – PARTICIPATION
26% of the TWHBEA members to whom postcards were mailed – voted. That is comparable to the 2010 TWHBEA Directors election with 25.34% turnout. In 2011, 37% of the Tennessee voters turned out for Congressional elections, and 17% turned out in the Knoxville Mayor’s primary with five candidates running.
WHO RECEIVED THE BALLOT?
“¢ The TWHBEA memberhip list had a little less than 8,000 names on it, but the list provided to Pat Stout had 6,955 names and addresses on it who were eligible to vote in TWHBEA elections.
“¢ Modern Postcard of Carlsbad, California was allowed to use the list for the purpose of preparing a mailer to communicate with the TWHBA membership and to poll the members on the HR 1518/S. 1406 legislation. Modern Postcard submitted the list to the United States Postal Service which then “scrubbed” the list by running it through the USPS database to make sure all the mailing addresses were in proper format.
“¢ The “scrubbed list” came back with 6,956 names on it.
* 6,673 – United States.
* 126 – Canada.
* 146 – Rest of the world.
* Attached is the invoice for mailing 6,945 post cards.
* On September 20, 2013, Modern Postcard mailed 6,945 post cards to all the names with the addresses on the “revised” scrubbed mailing list.
* 11 unaddressed postcards with no names on them were printed and they were provided to Pat Stout.
* The United States Postal Service tracked the 6,673 postcards mailed to members in the United States.
* The United States Post Office showed a “scanned delivery” amount of 6,150. Some of the post offices around the United States do not have scanning delivery capability which explains the cards not showing up on the scan delivery report.. The “scan delivery” number for those that do was 6,150. This is a 92.2% delivery scan rate which is within the margin of error provided by Modern Postcard.
Modern Postcard Disclaimer
Above List Count subject to change due to database updates.
Post order processing, including NCOA, CASS and other address standardization and hygiene procedures on the data may reduce available mail qty by as much as 5%.
Above quote is for list only & does not include any printing/mailing/postage fees which are additional.
Having access to a copy of the above list is a feature only available on Multi Use licenses for Consumers, Business and Specialty lists. Not available for Occupants List.
List will be provided with address only, no names are included in occupants list
Above list is guaranteed 92% deliverable if mailed within 30 days of order.
COUNTING THE VOTES
Here is Greg Cook, CPA certified tabulation of the Poll results:
Additionally, the attorney for Pat Stout who is Clant M. Seay
has provided the following e-mail communication from Greg Cook which addressed a remark that former TWHBEA President Loyd Black made in a September 26, 2013 post to the TWHBEA website, “As well, we are studying whether someone is trying to develop a biased political issue which would threaten our Association’s tax exempt non-profit status.”
GREG COOK, CPA RESPONSE TO FORMER PRESIDENT LOYD BLACK’S CONCERN ABOUT TWHBEA TAX EXEMPT STATUS
From: Greg Cook <Greg@bara.net>
To: Clant Seay <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Tax Exempt Status Issue
Date: Thu, Oct 17, 2013 2:26 pm
I appreciate your understanding that I maintain impartiality and not even the appearance of being partial and the fact that my first obligation is to TWHBEA. I did want to address President Black’s concern that the membership poll might affect TWHBEA’s tax exempt status: The attached excerpt of questions on the Form 990 addresses that issue. 1) There was no direct or indirect political campaign activities on behalf of or in opposition to candidates for public office. 2) Question 4 applies to 501 ©3 organizations, TWHBEA is a 501 ©5, therefor it’s not applicable, but even if applied I don’t believe the poll could be construed as lobbying activity in any way shape or form.
In conclusion, I would never have accepted the engagement to count the votes if I had any doubt about the above.
Greg Cook, EA, CPA
Accredited Tax Advisor
124 South Main Street
Arab, AL 35016
When all is said and done, the HR 1518/S.1406 Poll by Pat Stout will be just as historic regarding the future direction of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed as the debacle of 2006 when “something” unseemly went down back in the Inspection Area, and no World Grand Champion was crowned.
The Walking Horse ‘bidness’ has never been the same since, and won’t be after this this landslide Poll, either.