I remember being, as a new CSI member, somewhat confused by our election process. Having been a voter for many years, I knew that US presidents did not take office immediately, but were presidents-elect for a very short time, during which they did not work in the White House. So it seemed strange that, instead of voting for the next president of CSI, we vote for a person who won't take office as president for at least a year. The other problem I had had nothing to do with the process; I simply didn't know who was running for office! But we'll get to that later.