There is not a published running tally for elections, but I can give you some anecdotal information. We have a by law requirement for 5% of the eligible voting membership to cast ballots in order to validate an election. In years where there is a hotly contested battle for the 2nd Vice President position voting has sometimes been over 20% of those eligible. When the slate put up by the nominating committee is uncontested voting tends to slip below 10%. This year we are over our 5% threshold but below 10%.
The SCAA electoral process is actually quite simple and democratic. A nominating committee chaired by the immediate past president meets to consider candidates nominated by the membership at large as well as those that the committee puts forward. All candidates are vetted for eligibility, interviewed by one or more committee members and then considered on the basis of committee service, membership category, skill sets and experience. The nominating committee puts up a slate to the Board of Directors, and that slate is approved or rejected based on how it meets the by law requirements. The Nominating Committee only puts forward as many names as there are open positions. Once the slate has been approved and issued anyone who wishes to run as a petition candidate may do so by collecting the signatures of 25 current voting members. The petition candidates are placed on the ballot and their biographies and position statements are published along with those of the nominated slate.
In the past petition candidates have been very successful at getting elected, and several current board members are or were petition candidates. In general the process is open, addresses a desire for access and transparency and allows anyone sufficiently interested in the process an opportunity to participate.