Magazine article The Masthead

Closed Organization, More Politicking Would Result

Magazine article The Masthead

Closed Organization, More Politicking Would Result

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Adding a provision for absentee voting for NCEW officers sounds do democratic. But my fear is that the unintended result would be a more "closed" organization.

The right to make nominations from the floor has been the historical check against NCEW's being controlled by a faction or clique. As currently envisioned, the election change would sacrifice that right. It's a bad trade-off.

While it's true that nominations from the floor for key officers are rare, they have occurred. And, in at least one instance, the challenge to the chain of succession was successful.

While it's been my experience that NCEW's nominating committees have worked hard to find good candidates, it's important to preserve the right to call the committee's hand when the membership thinks that someone better qualified failed to make the cut.

I also fear that absentee balloting would result in more intense politicking within NCEW. That would be yet another unhappy result.

Under the present system, there is virtually no campaigning. Information about the candidates is provided in The Masthead prior to the conventions. During the convention, the contenders are introduced on a number of occasions before the balloting.

Candidates for key offices generally are among those who introduce guest speakers, which gives them the chance to be heard as well as seen. But there are no buttons and banners. The assessment of the candidates is generally based on personal contacts and impressions. …

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