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USGenWeb National Election - July 2011

FAQ

Have a question?
Please try to find the answer here before contacting the Election Committee.

 
  • Who may place a name in nomination?

  • Any USGenWeb Project Member may nominate for any available position for which the nominee is qualified.  However, only those members qualified to vote in a given region/area/position may vote in that respective region/area/position.

    Members may nominate themselves.

    Nominator names are confidential.

  • Is an Assistant State Coordinator who was not elected to his position as ASC eligible to vote in and seek office for a State Coordinator Representative Position?

  • Yes.  Ref: Election Committee Procedures as amended by the Advisory Board November 7, 2003.

    Section D.
    "2.  It is consistent with the spirit of Bylaws Article VI, Section 9 that Assistant State Coordinators and State Co-Coordinators shall have the same right and privilege as State Coordinators to run for and hold office." 

  • I would like to place a name in nomination or nominate myself, but I don't want my identity revealed.

  • The identity of the nominator is confidential!  Only select EC Members will know the name of the nominators.  The names of nominators are never revealed, not even to the nominee.
  • What are the qualifications for office?

  • Please visit the Qualifications Page
    Use the "Back" feature of your browser to return to this page.
  • Who determines the eligibility of a member to run for a specific office?

  • The EC does not make an eligibility determination.  The EC contacts the appropriate local leadership within a given area, state, or special project for verification that the nominee has met the necessary requirements.
  • How do I know who has been nominated?

  • Check the Nominations Page regularly.  During the nomination period (1-15 June) the page will be updated as quickly as possible to reflect the latest nominations. 

    After nominations close, a list of candidates with Email addresses can be found on the Meet The Candidates pages.  As they are made available to the EC, a Campaign Page URL for each nominee will be included.

  • I just received notice from the EC that my name has been placed in nomination.  What do I do now?

  • Follow the instructions in the notice.  You will have two (2) days to make your decision, and respond.  You will be accepted as a candidate upon verification of eligibility.  If you do not respond within the two day period, you will not be listed as a nominee, and you must be re-nominated if you wish to be accepted as a nominee.
  • How can I learn more about the candidates and issues before voting?

  • Check the Meet The Candidates page for Email addresses for the candidates, and access to available campaign pages.

    Subscribe to appropriate Regional Mail List(s)

    Subscribe to USGENWEB-DISCUSS-L@rootsweb.com, archived general discussion list.  Leave the subject line blank.  In the body of the message, write "subscribe."

    Read meeting minutes and all motions voted on by the Advisory Board.  Updated monthly.

    Check with your State Coordinator regarding state or local level lists that might be available.

  • How do I know which region(s) I am in?

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    NENC - Northeast North Central Region
    Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Wisconsin

    NWPL - Northwest Plains Region
    Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, Wyoming

    SEMA - Southeast Mid-Atlantic Region
    Alabama, Delaware, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia

    SWSC - Southwest South Central Region
    Arizona, Arkansas, California, Hawaii, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah

    National Special Projects
    Includes Archives, Tombstone, etc.

  • Who may vote?

  • All registered USGenWeb Members as defined in the USGenWeb Bylaws are eligible to vote.  Only those members qualified to vote in a given region/area/position may vote for a candidate in the respective region/area/position.

    More information about project structure and voting eligibility can be found here.

  • Is there a cut-off date that would make me ineligible to vote?

  • Yes.  According to the EC Procedures, you must be a Registered USGenWeb member on 31 May, 2011.  Disabled until conclusion of election

    Registrations will not be accepted from 1 June until the conclusion of the National Election, including run-off elections.

    "A requirement that one be a member for at least 30 days prior to the start of an election is acceptable purely on an administrative basis."

    You must inform the EC if your Email address or project participation changes!

  • How do I vote?

  • During the first few days in July, you will receive a password(s) that will enable you to vote on every position for which you are eligible to vote.  Follow the instructions in the Email containing the password.

    All members are eligible to vote for the National Coordinator and RAL.

  • I believe I am eligible to vote, but I did not receive a password.

  • Please allow three or four days for all passwords to reach all members.   If you have not received a password by that time, please check your spam folder before contacting the EC Member or Temporary EC Representive assigned to your region or special project.

    Please state your full name, current and alternate Email Addresses, State, County, or Special Project affiliation, and your position, i.e. County Coordinator, Town Coordinator, Archives File Manager, etc.

    Please!  Do not wait until the last few days before the election ends before contacting the EC about a password!  The EC will make every effort possible to see that all eligible registered members have an opportunity to vote, but last minute requests frequently do not allow the EC enough time to arrange for a password to be sent to you!

    The EC is not responsible for individual spam filters that prevent the delivery of official EC mail.

    The EC cannot visit validation sites to be placed on an accept list.  It is up to each member to adjust his/her accept list.

  • Do I have to be Registered to vote?

  • Yes.  Effective 2004 members must be registered in all areas of Project participation with the Election Committee not later than May 31, 2011 in order to receive a voting password in this election. 

    Registration disabled until conclusion of election

    If you have been previously registered, and your areas of participation or email address has not changed, you will not have to re-register.

    Registrations will not be accepted from 1 June until the conclusion of the National 2011 Election including run-off elections.

  • I would like to vote, but I am concerned that my vote will be revealed.

  • The identity of the voters and the actual vote(s) are never revealed!  That information is considered extremely confidential, and is not available to any Project member, including EC members or Temporary EC Helpers.

    You may feel quite confident that no one will ever know who you voted for, or even if you voted at all.

  • I still have a question or two....

  • Ask your SC, Advisory Board Representative, or state your question on one of the mail lists, such as USGENWEB-DISCUSS@rootsweb.com
    If you still need assistance, contact one of the EC Members or Temporary EC Representatives in your region/project.  Please be patient.  It's a very busy time of the year for the EC, but your question will be addressed as quickly as possible. 

    For corrections or questions about this page contact Christina Palmer

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