The election itself was not contentious since the board essentially reappointed the same officers who served in 2005. Before the election of each officer, board members were allowed to nominate other members to run. On both occasions that this occurred at the Jan. 18 meeting, however, the member being nominated promptly declined and each candidate eventually ran unopposed.A debate about whether to vote by paper ballot as opposed to a simple show of hands, however, did cause a bit of a stir, as members questioned if secret ballots were necessary.Jackie Boyce, the board member who chaired the nominating committee, said that there had been "discontentment" in 2005 about voting by hand."There were some members who felt we shouldn't have to vote like we are in kindergarten," Boyce said.First, a voice vote was taken to use paper ballots. No one voiced opposition, but few members seemed to express their opinion in the affirmativ
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