UNCP Faculty Corner

Election Transparency

The Faculty Senate Committee on Committees and Elections is considering making changes to the way faculty elections are reported.  Current practice has been for the winners to be named.

Possibilities include:

  • providing a vote total to each candidate and the number of votes cast;
  • making public all vote totals;
  • making public the vote totals for the top two vote-getters;
  • making public the vote totals but mentioning anyone receiving below 20% rather than listing individual vote totals;
  • maintaining the current practice.

The committee would like to have your views on this important subject. Please comment below.



  1. Hi, guys. I have long wondered why we do not do what all “election news programs” do routinely, which is publish vote totals. I think of many good reasons for this action – and I’m sure you can, too, so I won’t bore you with a turgid list. As to the prospect that some folks may have their feelings hurt because they didn’t get many votes, well, I thought that was why I went to high school – was to have four years coming to terms with my unpopularity.

    Comment by Weston F.cook, Jr. — December 2, 2009 @ 10:11 am

  2. I favor reporting additional information about election outcomes. At the same time, I think we can have greater transparency without embarrassing people who receive few votes. As faculty we are colleagues. When someone runs for an office, they are typically not doing it for the same reasons as politicians. They are typically not campaigning. I think we should report the vote totals for all candidates who receive more than, say, 20% of the votes cast. Those who receive below 20% would simply be listed as receiving below that threshold. As a faculty, I believe we should place some value on saving face.

    Comment by Eric Dent — November 30, 2009 @ 9:36 pm

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