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April 14, 2024 | Latest Issue
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Proposed constitution rejected by alumni body

WEB UPDATE, November 2, 3:07 p.m.

The proposed Alumni Association constitution failed to pass as voting results highlighted a nearly perfect divide between alumni who support the change and those who do not. Fifty-one percent of voters rejected the proposal, while 49 percent supported it.

None of the four proposed petition amendments to the current Alumni constitution were passed either. They would have needed two-thirds approval by alumni voters to pass, but none received over 53 percent voter approval.

Voting on the constitution ended Oct. 31 and results were announced this afternoon. A total of 12,729 alumni voted against the proposed constitution, and 12,041 in favor of it.

The 24,834 ballots cast represent thirty-eight percent of eligible alumni, and signify a record number of voters in any alumni election at Dartmouth.

Amendment 5, the fourth petition amendment to the current constitution -- which would have permitted all-media voting for Association members in alternate year elections -- received 53 percent approval. Amendment 2 received a 51 percent vote of support, and Amendments 3 and 4 saw approval votes of 52 percent and 50 percent, respectively.

The new constitution would have merged the current constitutions and operations of the Association and the Dartmouth Alumni Council in a unified body. The current system will remain as a result of the proposed constitution's failure to pass.