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This may be a duplicate posting, but MSN sent me notification that the
previous email I sent to the list has been delayed and I have not yet seen
it, so I am sending it again.

I am in support of the idea of removing the write-in votes from the

I seriously doubt any write-in votes have ever won a spot in the top 100
favorites.  Had there been a write-in vote that did make the top 100, I am
sure someone by now would have mentioned that in support of having write-in

Therefore, all the extra work it has created for the people tallying the
votes has been unjustified.  The only benefit to it that I can see is that
someone who wants to write in a vote can get some satisfaction out of the
idea they were able to score one point toward an iris that is not qualified
by the current standards.

I understand this is probably not going to be a popular opinion,  but IF it
is truthful nonetheless, even for the most part, then maybe some people will
come to agree with the decision that removed write-in votes from the ballot.
I know I was bummed out about it until I came to this realization.


I am also in support of leaving the Symposium just the way it is...TB's

I belong to the Reblooming Iris Society, and they have their own Reblooming
Symposium.  I feel this is the best way to handle this situation.

I think the Median Iris Society, the Society for Siberian Irises, the Spuria
Iris Society, the Society for Japanese Irises, the Dwarf Iris Society, the
Society for Pacific Coast Native Irises, the Species Iris Group of Northern
America, the Historic Iris Preservation Society, Aril Society International,
and the Society for Louisiana Irises should all have their own symposiums
like the Reblooming Iris Society does.

I really like the way the AIS Symposium is currently set up, and any
deviation from that would simply be a waste of resources in my most humble

Patrick Orr
Arizona - Zone 9

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