The recommended change to the AAPG's Constitution
and Bylaws to allow for member balloting by electronic or other
suitable means, approved by the House of Delegates in Salt Lake
City and put to a vote by the full membership this summer, passed
by a 94 percent majority of votes cast: 4,405 to 282.
This change should make it easier to conduct member
voting in the future as we employ more modern technologies than
the Pony Express or its equivalents.
That's the good news.
The bad news is that just 26 percent of ballots were
returned -- only 4,687 of 18,016 mailed out.
Granted, that is similar to AAPG's track record for
member voting, but it is not really an acceptable level in my mind.
I think we should be able to get that number up in the future.
Certainly the electronic balloting provision itself
will help, since many members outside North America likely did not
receive the ballots in time to get them back by the deadline.
Regardless of that anomaly, we ought to be able to
get greater participation of the members. It will be interesting
to track the level of response over the next few years as we take
advantage of this change in our Constitution and Bylaws.