Just the opposite. The amendment allows for all members to vote for all director positions. This is democracy in action. Many regions and divisions, which represent societies, do not have representation on the Board of Directors equal to their membership because each region and division is allowed to elect only one delegate. For example, a regional delegate serves as chair of that region committee and is also a director on the IEEE Board.
Some positions on this year’s Board needed more than 20,000 votes (approximately 6 percent of eligible voting members) to be elected, while others needed fewer than 1,000 votes (0.3 percent of eligible voting members). This disparity is a result of the different number of members belonging to each region and division. For example, Region 10 has more than 78,000 higher grade members, while Division VI has less than 17,000. The goal of the amendment is to give all members the strongest voice possible in choosing who will lead them. The amendment will provide for all eligible members to vote for all Board members. Power is not being transferred to ‘a small group of insiders’; rather, it is being shared with IEEE’s worldwide community.
Quite the opposite. Members in many geographic regions are currently under-represented. Take, for example, Region 10, where more than 25 percent of the membership resides, but which can elect only one member to the Board. The amendment addresses this issue by allowing for all members from all regions an equal vote in electing all members of the Board of Directors. The amendment lays out eligibility requirements for candidates that takes into consideration various diversity factors including, but not limited to, geographic and technical diversity. The result is increased access to governance for members of all regions and an acknowledgment of our richly diverse community.