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Voting Changes At IEEE Give Nod to Critics

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has adopted new voting procedures for choosing its top officers that are, in part, a response to continued pressure by dissident members to give the rank and file a greater voice in the institute’s affairs. In the fall the 280,000 member international organization will use a system that allows members to vote for more than one candidate for each office. Officials said that this system, called approval plurality voting, is the

The Scientist Staff

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has adopted new voting procedures for choosing its top officers that are, in part, a response to continued pressure by dissident members to give the rank and file a greater voice in the institute’s affairs.

In the fall the 280,000 member international organization will use a system that allows members to vote for more than one candidate for each office. Officials said that this system, called approval plurality voting, is the rarest and most direct way to select a winner in a contest involving more than two candidates.

IEEE's board of directors also has approved a bylaws change that would require it to nominate at least two persons for the offices of president-elect and executive vice president. Last fall only one person was nominated for each office: Emerson Pugh of Yorktown Heights, N.Y., for president elect and Dennis Bodson of Washington. D.C.....

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