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Re: AIS:2002 Symposium

  • Subject: Re: [iris-talk] AIS:2002 Symposium
  • From: gmbeasle@aol.com
  • Date: Sun, 5 Aug 2001 09:10:03 EDT

In a message dated 8/5/01 1:25:10 AM Eastern Daylight Time, 
laurief@paulbunyan.net writes:

>  How valid can affiliate votes 
>  possibly be if, in fact, there are individuals who take it upon 
>  themselves to submit affiliate ballots without ever consulting the 
>  affiliate membership?  I'm hoping that doesn't ever actually happen.

I have some comments after having read this whole thread.

1) As I understand it, affiliates are members of AIS and thus eligible to 
vote just as individual members (even youth members) are. I would be against 
changing this, although I am neither a member of AIS nor a member of an 
affiliate at the moment.

2) The number of affiliate ballots is probably a minuscule amount compared to 
the total membership.  So the amount of "damage" that could be done to the 
results would be minimal.  I think the outrage that has been expressed is WAY 
out of proportion.

3) The affiliate ballot COULD be a way for the 'great unwashed' masses who 
are not presently members of AIS to have their interest piqued about 
membership.  It would also be a very small way to get additional information 
from a wider audience who may have useful information to contribute even if 
they aren't members.

Note: great unwashed masses is just a more colorful way to refer to people 
such as myself who are not AIS members - it is not intended as an actual 
description of such people.


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