WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO VOTE?
All USGenWeb Members as defined in the USGenWeb Bylaws are eligible to vote. Only those members eligible to vote in a given region/area/position may vote for a candidate in the respective region/area/position.
The By-Laws of the USGenWeb Project state in Article VII. F. Election Procedures:
"All members of The USGenWeb
Project, excluding Look-Up Volunteers
Transcribers, shall be eligible to vote".
Remember, you must be registered with the EC in order to receive a voting password.
You must be registered in all areas of active project participation in order to vote in those areas.
The following information will help you understand in what areas you, as an individual member, are eligible to vote.
Areas Within the USGenWeb Project
The USGenWeb Project is comprised of two divisions: States, and National Special Projects.
States: The States are divided into four regions.
Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Wisconsin
Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, Wyoming
Alabama, Delaware, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia
Arizona, Arkansas, California, Hawaii, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah
Volunteers within the States are termed Local Coordinators (LC), and may hold such positions as State Coordinator (SC), Assistant State Coordinator (ASC), Co-State Coordinator (Co-SC), County Coordinator (CC), Assistant County Coordinator (ACC), Co-County Coordinator (Co-CC), and Town Coordinator (TC).
National Special Projects: The National Special Project side is comprised of the Archives Project, Tombstone Project, Kidz Project, African American Griots Project, Genealogical Events Project, Lineage Project.
There are also several sub-projects: Digital Map Library, Pension Project, Census Images Project, Marriage Records Project, Obituary Project, and the Archives Newsletter. Additionally there is the Special Collection Project which is comprised of Family Publications, History Publications, Journals and Letters, Military, and Photo Collections.
Volunteers with in the National Special Projects are termed FIle Managers (FM), and may hold such positions as Special Project Coordinator, Assistant Special Project Coordinator, State Archive Coordinator, and Local Archive Coordinator.
National Elected Officers
National Advisory Board: Members of the Advisory Board are elected by the membership of the Project as follows:
National Coordinator (NC): Every volunteer has the right to vote for this position.
Representative at Large (RAL): Every volunteer has the right to vote for this position.
Four State Coordinator Representatives: States are assigned to a region. The State Coordinator Representatives are elected by the State Coordinators and Assistant State Coordinators of the region where the state is assigned.
Eight County (or Local) Coordinator Representatives: Local Coordinator Positions are assigned to a state. These representatives are elected by the County and Local Coordinators of the region where the state is assigned.
USGenWeb Archive Project Representative (SPAR, SPTP, etc.): Elected by the volunteers of the National Special Projects.
National Issues: All volunteers are eligible to register to vote on any issue that effects the Project as a whole that is placed on the ballot of any annual or special election or poll.
So Where Do You Fit In?
If your volunteer job is tied to a state then you belong to a Region. Look at the list of regions (above) and find the state(s) where you volunteer. Those will be the region(s) you belong in. You are eligible to vote for either the State Coordinator (if you are a State Coordinator or Assistant State Coordinator) or a Local (County Coordinator) Representative (if you are a Local Coordinator) that falls within that region. You are eligible to vote on regional issues in each region you belong to.
If you work as a volunteer in one of the Special Projects you are eligible to vote for the Archives Representative.
And of course you are eligible to vote for any position or area above that is open for vote by the membership at large.
If you have any questions please feel free to ask any Election Committee Member and we will do our best to help you.