President's page: Are AGU elections democratic?
Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 57, Issue 9, page 611, September 1976
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1976), President's page: Are AGU elections democratic?, Eos Trans. AGU, 57(9), 611–611, doi:10.1029/EO057i009p00611.(
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Should we require more than one candidate for each position in AGU elections? A member has recently written to me in my capacity as Chairman of the Membership Committee expressing a strong opinion that we should, and in fact, there has been considerable debate on this question over the years. A few members complain each year about our uncontested elections, and for each member who complains there are probably many others who feel unhappy about the status quo. So we are concerned—especially since only 20% of the membership bothers to vote in Union elections. Does this small response reflect satisfaction with the way the AGU is being run, or does it reflect a lack of interest in a sterile election process without real choice? The Membership Committee is going to take a fresh look at this question and wants expressions of opinion pro and con from interested members.