[Taxacom] Voting on nomenclatural matters (Botanical)

Mary Barkworth Mary.Barkworth at usu.edu
Sun Feb 19 17:48:36 CST 2012

There is a mail ballot taken prior to each botanical congress. Any member of the International Association of Plant Taxonomists can vote. The results of the mail ballot are always taken very seriously, together with the recommendations of the appropriate committee. One of the first decisions is, if I recall correctly, to adopt all recommendations that received strong mail support and endorsement by the general committee - and not to discuss those that were strongly rejected UNLESS someone brings them up from the floor. So it is really only issues where there is disagreement or concern that are discussed and then what one hears said may change one's vote. Theoretically it could be done by email but there really is something to be said for being in the same room during a discussion. There is an immediacy to a meeting that there is not with email. Yes, it requires wealth to attend - but wealth helps in any endeavor, not just nomenclature. But back to the point: it is not true that one has to be present at the nomenclatural session (which is held immediately prior to each Congress) to voice an opinion on matters nomenclatural. There are lots of opportunities, at least for those working with plants, fungi, and algae. 

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