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RE: Re: AIS Symposium

I liked Sandy Ives' suggestion about treating write-ins separately:  not 
counting them this year but listing the top write-ins on next year's 
ballot.  If LISTED, they might get votes.  As I wrote, most people are 
sheep and would not bother to write in a personal favorite if the "experts" 
didn't acknowledge the validity of their judgement by listing it on the 
ballot.  I would never expect a write-in to get enough votes to compete; 
but if that same iris were listed the following year, it would probably get 
more recognition.

John Reeds
From: 	wmoores@watervalley.net[SMTP:wmoores@watervalley.net]

Hasn't it been reported that no write-in has ever made it to the
Symposium awards list in all of the years of the Symposium?
Why are write-ins proposed now if we know them to have been a
failure for years?  Write-ins are regional things, usually indicating
irises that don't grow well all over the country, and that is the
reason they failed to get on the Symposium ballot in the first place.

Look at the percentage of the actual voters in each region.  It is
pitifully low, and in order to get it up, the beardless and median folk
have got to be represented - either on the all-inclusive symposium
ballot or a separate ballot of their own sponsored by AIS.   Every
class of iris has got to be recognized.  Many people don't vote the
ballot because their irises are not on the ballot.

The counting may not be so bad since the RVP's handle the
regional count and then forward their results to Gerry Snyder.

Walter Moores
Enid Lake, MS 7/8 USA

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