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ERIC Number: ED361914
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Election by Acclamation among Two Cohorts of Canadian Public School Trustees.
Whitehead, LeRoy E.
In Canada, acclamation occurs when there are not enough candidates nominated for particular seats to force election campaigns. The candidates are then automatically declared elected, and the election process is aborted. This paper identifies cohorts of newly elected trustees and tracks them through a series of elections to determine the acclamation patterns over time of individual trustees. Of a cohort of 196 Ontario trustees who were tracked through 3 elections, 38 (19.4 percent) were acclaimed in their first election and 28 (14.3 percent) received two or three consecutive acclamations. One hundred trustees (51 percent) received no acclamations. Of a cohort of 237 Alberta trustees who were also tracked through 3 elections, 53 (22.4 percent) were acclaimed in their first election and 41 (17.3 percent) received 2 or 3 consecutive acclamations. One hundred and thirty-three trustees (55.3 percent) received no acclamations. In both cohorts, trustees from noncity areas were more likely to be acclaimed in their first election and were more likely to receive consecutive acclamations than were trustees from cities. The more terms trustees served, the more likely they were to have one or more acclamations. Among trustees who served more than one term, acclamations were more likely to occur in the second or third election than in the first. The findings help to alleviate, though not eliminate, concerns that acclamations subvert the legitimacy of the political process. Contains three tables and eight references. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada