Voting on the 2020 ratification ballot concluded at midnight (EDT) on 7 August. Members ratified the election of Kamau Brathwaite, Amit Chaudhuri, Richard Flanagan, Susan Howe, M. NourbeSe Philip, Lev Rubinstein, and Luis Valdez to honorary fellowship in the association. Support for the candidates ranged from 84% to 90% of the members who voted in that section of the ballot. All seven candidates will be invited to accept the honor.
Members also ratified the 2020 Delegate Assembly’s approval of one constitutional amendment that clarifies the deadlines and procedures for the consideration of motions, creates a new category called “emergency motions” for motions occasioned by events that take place after 1 September, and explains the deadlines and procedures for the consideration of such motions. 93% of the members who voted in that section of the ballot supported the amendment. The amendment, which takes immediate effect, has been incorporated into the text of the constitution at the Web site.