Are you a believer in democracy?

My fellow SAA members: what’s your usual response to an opportunity to vote in an election? Apathy? Thoughts of revolution or anarchy? Or do you get out there and VOTE??!! I regret to report that only about one-quarter of SAA members have voted in each of our last five elections for officers, Council members, and Nominating Committee:

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Not so impressive is it? Help improve our sorry collective voting record and help get out the vote! Especially your own. Thanks to this year’s Nominating Committee, the slate of candidates is both excellent and varied in terms of background, expertise, and all other meaningful variables. And if you want to hear more from them, take a look at the statements from some of the candidates that have been appearing on the SNAP blog (this link is to the latest of these posts–cruise around the blog for earlier ones).

Vote by April 15th, or forever forfeit your right to kvetch about anything the successful candidates do during their terms in office. 🙂

Note: The voter participation table was published on page 15 of the May/June 2012 issue of Archival Outlook.

2 responses to “Are you a believer in democracy?

  1. Has there ever been any further attempts to break down voting patterns? For example, how do different membership levels vote? (And yes, I’ve voted already!)

  2. Hi, Eira– I have no idea whether SAA retains voting data that would link a member’s profile (e.g. date they joined) to voting record. The count of votes cast is of course very easily obtained. If you’d like to let me know more about the sort of data that you believe would be valuable, I’d be glad to hear about it.

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