Apparently, there are free elections and then there are really free elections and the IEEE's standards committees practice the latterand it's not always democratic.
Everybody knows IEEE standard-making is a flawed process because it is highly political and is tilted in favor of large companies who have lots of money to spend.
Case in point is the failure of the IEEE's UWB committee to choose a wireless UWB technology a couple of months ago. There was a deadlock to be sure: Neither Cable-Free USB nor Certified Wireless USB could get the necessary 75% to move the process forward to the next phase.
What was not so widely reported is that both sides were packing the ballot box with almost any qualified voter they could manage to findmost notably large numbers of students. My information comes from a reliable source.
The deadlock dragged on and on, more or less like trench warfare. A war of attritionwith the attrition being measured in travel budget expenditures.
In politics, there is the not-so-funny joke about registering and voting the "residents" of cemeteries because, after all, the "resided" in the voting precinct.
This is kind of reminiscent of that.
Maybe the IEEE should re-think its voting procedures.