Last updated: 26 August 2014

The election process was carried out under the direction of the interim Membership Committee, consisting of Landry Bernard, Robert (Buzz) Martin, and Worth Nowlin, as specified in the Memorandum of Agreement for the GCOOS-RA.

The first call for nominees for the GCOOS-RA board of Directors and for GCOOS Councils and Committees was sent to the GCOOS list serve on March 16, 2005. Several subsequent calls were made and nominations for Board members were closed at the end of April 2005. It was determined whether each nominee would agree to serve if elected. On May 5, 2005, brief biographical statements were requested from all qualified candidates.

The Membership Committee ordered the candidates into four groups representing private sector, government, academia, and education and outreach. On May 10, 2005, Nowlin and Landry met in Stennis, MS to determine which candidates would stand for 1-year, 2-year, or 3-year terms. Pieces of paper with the candidates’ names were taped closed and placed in a box. Landry drew out the papers corresponding to different lengths of terms, and that information was used by the membership Committee to prepare a ballot. The ballot, voting instructions, and candidates’ biographies were mailed to voting parties of the Regional Association on May 19, 2005 along with a stamped envelope addressed to Dr. Ann Jochens, interim GCOOS Regional Coordinator.

On June 8, 2005, Matthew Howard and Susan Martin opened the ballots received, prepared a spreadsheet with results, and sent emails to those voting Parties who had not responded. Parties who had not voted by June 13 were informed by email that voting would cease on June 17 and were asked to complete and return their ballots. Some ballots were returned by fax. As new ballots were received results were added to the spreadsheet.

On June 20, 2005, Howard and Martin certified the results. The original ballots along with the tally of results were sent to Landry Bernard for independent confirmation. The election results were announced by GCOOS list serve and placed on the GCOOS web site on June 22, 2005.