The neutralizers carried the day in the Sierra Club’s contentious board election, which wrapped up today.

Sierra Club members turned out in historic numbers this year … to reject a ballot initiative that would have forced the group to support restrictions on immigration. Over fifteen percent of the Club’s membership returned 122,308 ballots — the second highest in the Club’s recent history — and defeated the anti-immigration measure by more than a 5 to 1 margin.

In addition to calling for club policy to remain neutral on immigration, members also elected five establishment-backed board members, while board candidates who advocated immigration restrictions, backed by Sierrans for U.S. Population Stabilization, were soundly squashed.

So immigration’s off the table, until next year’s election …