This page mentions some of the 20 and 21st century Bucklins

The Bucklin family name came into a sort of prominence in the 1900’s when several states and other political subdivisions adopted Bucklin voting. Bucklin is a voting system that can be used for single-member districts and also multi-member districts. It is also known as the Grand Junction system after Grand Junction, Colorado, where it was first proposed.

Voters are allowed rank preference ballots (first, second, third, etc.). First choice votes are first counted. If one candidate has a majority, that candidate wins. Otherwise the second choices are added to the first choices. Again, if a candidate with a majority vote is found, the winner is the candidate with the most votes in that round. Lower rankings are added as needed.

A majority is defined as half the number of voters, similar to Absolute majority. Since after the first round there are more votes cast than voters, it is possible for more than one candidate to have majority support. This makes Bucklin a variation of approval voting.

For multi-member districts, voters mark as many first choices as there are seats to be filled. Voters mark the same number of second and further choices. In some localities, the voter was required to mark a full set of first choices for his or her ballot to be valid.

This method was used in many political elections in the United States in the early 20th Century. In most states it was repealed and in a few states it was found to violate the state constitution. [From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.]


Here, a mention of a few of the dozens of persons you learn about if you search the internet for the words “professor” and “Bucklin”.

Steven J. Bucklin, Department of History The University of South Dakota. has his PhD from Iowa in 1993 in the fields of Modern US and British History. He is the author of several books and papers on our favorite subject of history, so we put him first in this list.

Ray Allen Bucklin is a Professor at the University of Florida, with his PhD in Agricultural Engineering. He is the author of several books and papers that are often referred to in agricultural building projects.

Louis BucklinLouis P Bucklin is a well-known professor of marketing at the prominent Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley. He has written a number of classic papers in business marketing and is the editor of the Journal of Retailing. If you are selling, you want to know that “changes in form and the movement of goods to forward inventories should be made at the earliest possible time in the marketing flow in order to reduce the costs of the marketing systems” (Bucklin 1965). Professor Bucklin was appointed to a prestigious position as the 1994 Unilever-Erasmus Visiting Professorship at the Rotterdam School of Management and School of Economics, Erasmus University, Rotterdam.

Randolph E. Bucklin is Professor of Marketing at the John E. Anderson School of Management at UCLA. He is a research specialist in the quantitative analysis of customer purchase behavior. His articles have appeared in the Journal of Marketing Research, Marketing Science, Journal of Retailing, and Marketing Letters. He is on the editorial boards of Marketing Science, Marketing Letters and the Journal of Marketing Research. His doctoral thesis received the Alden G. Clayton Dissertation Award from the Marketing Science Institute. You guessed it–he is the son of Louis P. Bucklin.

Robert Bucklin M.D.,J.D. wrote The Shroud of Turin: Viewpoint of a Forensic Pathologist, published at the first issue of Shroud Spectrum International, which appeared in December, 1981; the last, #42, was published in December, 1993. Spectrum was the only peer-reviewed journal in the world exclusively devoted to scientific/scholarly studies of the Shroud. Articles were by European and American authors of international repute who were experts in their fields. There is a fascinating article by him at

Karen Bucklin Sanchez is a professional environmental engineer, designing and supervising construction of municipal water projects, with USDA Rural Development. She served 1999-2000 as the President of the Montana Water Environment Association, and is a Director of the American Water Association. She has received awards such as the AWA’s Fuller Award for distinguished service in the water supply field. She is the author of The characteristics of initial effluent quality and its implications for the filter to waste procedure,  which is not exactly what readers of poetry would be looking for. On the other hand, her research is quoted and used in the federal rule for drinking water filters for water plants. Pages 19137 and 19075 of the Federal Register, Vol 65. No 69, Monday, April 10, 2000.

Ann Bucklin serves in multiple roles as a professor and as head of the Department of Marine Sciences and Director of the Marine Sciences and Technology Center at the University of Connecticut (at Groton,CT). Before that she held a professorship at the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Bucklin served as Program Manager of the Oceanic Biology Program at the Office of Naval Research (1988 – 1991). Selected as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Norway (1992 – 1993), she received recognition as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement for Science in 1995.

Dr. Bucklin received her B.A. in biology from Oberlin College and her Ph.D. in zoology from the University of California, Berkeley. The theme underlying her research interest—spatial and temporal patterns of molecular genetic variation in marine organisms—has developed from her early interest in sea anemones to current work on planktonic crustaceans. She leads the Census of Marine Zooplankton (CMarZ), a Census of Marine Life ocean realm field project launched in 2004, and holds a membership in the International Committee for the Ocean Biogeographical Information System (OBIS).

At focus of Dr. Bucklin’s research is to characterize geographic patterns of genetic diversity within species (i.e., population genetic structure) and evolutionary patterns of genetic diversity between species (i.e., molecular systematic and phylogenetic analyses). She assays molecular variation of regions of mitochondrial DNA, using DNA sequencing, rapid PCR-based protocols, DNA hybridization, and other  molecular techniques. [Sounds impressive, even to a PhD in Biotechnology whose research was in DNA genomics (Douglas J. Bucklin) who I asked about Ann’s work.]