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February 23, 1884

Who are "Members Elect" Again?

JAMA. 1884;II(8):211. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390330015003

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—Our Buffalo correspondent, whose brief letter will be found in the proper department, still appears to think that there are reasons for believing that the words "every member elect," commencing the last paragraph of the second article of the constitution, apply only to delegates, and do not include permanent members. His reasons are, that the paragraph alludes to voting and the presenting of credentials, while permanent members have no right to vote, and have "no credentials." The allusion to voting in the paragraph of the constitution would be just as applicable if only a part of the "members elect" voted as it would if all voted; and our correspondent is mistaken in his assumption that permanent members have no credentials. Every permanent member has credentials of the most satisfactory character in the printed records of the Association. And the clause of the constitution in question was not only understood to

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