New Process for Electing AAOS Leaders

Richard N. Peterson, JD

Americans can’t vote for president via the Internet yet—but beginning this year, AAOS Fellows can use electronic balloting to vote for AAOS leaders online. The new voting process is an outgrowth of efforts to make the selection of leaders more democratic and transparent, particularly when more than one candidate is proposed for a position.

In 2010, an Election Project Team was established to review the voting process for officers of the AAOS. A survey conducted later that year found that 93 percent of respondents believed that all AAOS Fellows should be able to cast a ballot for AAOS offices—even if they are not attending the Annual Meeting or present during the business meeting. As a result, the Bylaws Committee developed proposed amendments, which were adopted by the Fellowship in 2012.

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