ACSP Consultation 2013.1: Changing the Voter Eligibility for ARIN Member Organizations

Consultation Tracking Information

  • Requested By: Staff
  • Status: Closed
  • Comments Opened: Linked to Discussion Archives: 15 January 2013
  • Comments Closed: 12 February 2013
  • Suggestion Number: n/a

Consultation Description

ARIN is seeking feedback from its membership about changing voting eligibility so that any ARIN web account linked to an Admin and/or Tech POC of a Member organization may cast the ballot for the organization’s one vote in ARIN elections. This change would replace the Designated Member Representative (DMR) role in the ARIN elections and allow organizations to have more that one eligible voter. There is no change to the one vote per Organization ID rule.

We are suggesting this change in order to increase participation in ARIN elections. This change would:

  • Allow organizations to have more than one eligible voter, thereby increasing the chances that someone would be available to cast a ballot

  • Eliminate the need for Members to create and update the DMR POC with its specialized email requirements

Note: The benefit of allowing more than one individual the ability to cast the organization’s one vote may in some cases require internal coordination to determine who will cast the vote. If a second individual attempts to vote, they will receive notification that their organization has already voted and they will not be able to cast a ballot.

ARIN is seeking input from the community regarding this potential change, including whether it would be beneficial and if made, whether voting eligibility should be provided to Admin POCs or Admin and Tech POCs.

You can read background on ARIN’s existing processes of DMRs at:

You can read about ARIN’s current Board and Advisory Council Election voting process at:  

Relevant Statistics:

  • 89% of ARIN Members currently have a web account linked to either their Admin or Tech POC handle.

  • 85% of ARIN Members currently have a web account linked to their Admin POC handle.

  • In the 2012 elections 87% of Member organizations had a DMR that was eligible to vote.

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Representatives from member organizations may subscribe to this list at:


Discussion will close on 12 February 2013. ARIN seeks clear direction from its members, so your feedback is important. If you have any questions, please contact us at

ARIN Actions

The ARIN member consultation on a proposed change to voter eligibility is now closed. We thank everyone who participated and shared their views. We were pleased to see a lively discussion and gather detailed feedback on this topic.

In response to the overwhelming opposition to the proposed change, ARIN will maintain its existing practice of the Designated Member Representative (DMR) being the sole eligible voter for an organization. We will, however, add the text below to our website to clarify the exception to the requirement that the voter-email domain must match the Organization or DBA name that ARIN has on file.

Exceptions: DMRs can be made eligible to vote even if they don’t meet this criteria, if the organization’s ADMIN POC provides a URL demonstrating the affiliation between the organization/DBA name and DMR email domain or writes to explaining that the DMR is a doing consulting work for the company.

We welcome further discussion on the requirements for DMR contacts and automation of their management at the upcoming ARIN 31 meeting in Bridgetown, Barbados on 21-24 April 2013.