scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Troop election problem
Roman J. Smith (Roman.J.Smith.13@ND.EDU
Wed Mar 01 2000 - 08:20:34 CST
Our troop held troop elections this week. Along with the PLC and the
committee we decided to allow the troop to vote for both SPL and ASPL as we
had in the past. The troop decided to use a show of hands vote with the
candidates out of the room. This caused no complaints or apparent problems.
The SPL voting when smoothly. Then, 8 scouts wanted to run for ASPL. The
newly elected SPL saw no problems with that, nor did I. I did suggest that
since half of the present members were running that we run in two segments,
with the two highest vote getters in the preliminary round, stand as
candidates for the final vote. This allowed the other 6 candidates a
chance to vote in the final round. *Every* troop member agreed. Only two
candidates for ASPL received votes and in the first round (a tie vote).
Those two candidates ran again, and one won with a slim margin. When
notified that he won, he promptly resigned, stating that he did not want
the position, he just wanted to find out if he could win. That shocked
everyone, but the new SPL declared the other candidate the new ASPL. As he
was the only other one to receive votes in the preliminary round, I agreed.
A few tried to call for a new election, but when we said no, they did not
make a big deal out of it.
O.K., it did not go well. I had a long talk with the scout that resigned,
and he understands that he messed up the elections. Everything seems to be
cool right now.
What I did see that disturbed me was that all of the voting was along age
lines. All of the oldest scouts voted for one candidate, all of the
youngest scouts voted for another. In both the SPL and ASPL, the middle
age group held the swing vote. What message should I be receiving?
Actually, this election went better than some of the past elections that we
had. I think that the best people won. A very capable candidate won SPL,
a position that he has been seeking for three years now. The ASPL is the
former SPL. He was good as SPL but had an abrasive style at times. He is
well liked across the troop.
There is no scout that needs a position of responsibility for advancement
right now. They all have their time in for their next rank. As younger
scouts earn 1st class, they will be given positions of responsibility, if
they do not hold one already. So there was no reason to give the ASPL to
Roman J. Smith, SM Troop 505 / CM, Ship 505
-I used to be an Owl