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REFERENDUM: AAG Name Change

Background: In an April 2013 column, Past President Eric Sheppard joined other past presidents in recommending a name change for the AAG, from the Association of American Geographers to the American Association of Geographers, to better reflect the international scope of the AAG’s current membership and activities. For more information and discussion on this issue, see http://news.aag.org/2013/04/aag-name-change/
 
In order to gauge AAG members’ views on this question, a non-binding straw poll was conducted on the 2014 AAG ballot. Nearly 80 percent of voting members voted in favor of the name change. At its meeting held on April 7, 2014, the AAG Council adopted a resolution to submit the name change question to a binding vote of the AAG membership on the 2015 ballot, as follows:
 
Binding Poll:  Do you favor changing the name of the AAG from the Association of American Geographers to the American Association of Geographers?
 
 • Yes • No