From the News column of the April 2007 Perspectives

AHA Members Ratify Resolution

AHA Staff, April 2007

Members of the American Historical Association have ratified the "Resolution on United States Government Practices Inimical to the Values of the Historical Profession". The vote was 1,550 (75.61 percent ) in favor of the resolution and 498 (24.29 percent ) in opposition. Two persons submitted incomplete ballots. The number of voting members represented 14.67 percent of the AHA membership.

The resolution, which was adopted on January 6, 2007, at the business meeting of the AHA held during the Association’s 121st annual meeting at Atlanta, had been accepted by the Council at its January 7, 2007, meeting. However, because the resolution had been received too late to be published in the December 2006 issue of Perspectives, and because of its intrinsic importance, the Council took the additional step of asking the membership to ratify the resolution through an electronic ballot.

Members were informed about the voting process in the February 2007 issue of Perspectives. On February 15, 2007, members who opted to receive e-mails from the AHA and for whom the AHA had a valid e-mail address were sent an e-mail message inviting them to participate in a special discussion forum blog that was available February 15–28. More than 150 comments were offered on this site.

The vote itself was held from March 1 to 9, 2007, through the services provided by Election Services Corporation.