There have been sporadic back and forths regarding the merits of allowing members to vote remotely at the annual business meeting when our associations bylaws may be amended. Historically attendance at these meetings is relatively sparse compared to many of the other events at the meeting. Instances have been reported where members had to be recruited to reach the 200 membership quorum required to have a vote.
Spoken arguments that come to mind from recent online discussions:
- The debate at the meeting changes attendees opinions and only after listening to the Pro and Con arguments is one fully informed.
- Voting at the meeting requires a commitment of time, money and energy by those in attendance, something that would not be required for those voting remotely.
- Attendance at the national meeting may suffer if we do not require attendance to vote, people will simply stay home and vote.
- The additional cost associated with remote voting will not be justified by additional participation.
- If you are not willing to attend, you have not earned the right to vote.
- Face to face persuasion can change people’s position and vote.
- The larger the voting group, the more variables that might affect the vote.
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