We maintain that a review of the way in which votes that can be cast to influence the amendment of the International
Code of Botanical Nomenclature (ICBN) are allocated is overdue. Although there will no doubt be resistance to proposed
changes that may emanate from such a review, a more representative system of vote allocation to herbaria, among other things,
will considerably enhance the credibility and robustness of the voting system. A rebuttal addressing two criteria we suggest
as examples of what could be used as part of a review to make the voting system more representative was recently published
by Applequist & al. It is regrettable that in the face of unambiguous statistics that show the inadequacy of the current ICBN
amendment voting system, the need for change is not embraced with due urgency. A fear of power sharing and decentralization
may well be the root cause.