ACSP Suggestion 2021.22: ARIN Election Transparency Improvements


Author: Joe Provo   
Submitted On: 19 October 2021


To address concerns raised in the 2021 elections, the Board should update both the Charter of and Guidance provided to the NomCom for 2022 and subsequent elections. Specifically, it is recommended that the following steps be taken to increase transparency regarding candidate communications, regardless of candidate acceptance on the slate.

The following shall always be provided privately to the candidates, with no legal encumbrances:

  • as much of the results of the background check on the candidate as is legally allowed
  • synopsis of the candidate interview[s] as provided to the NomCom
  • an explanation of the NomCom decision

The NomCom explanation should be made public by ARIN for rejected candidates if such candidates make a petition under ARIN Bylaws, Article VIII, Section 2.b. Further, the Board should consider amendments to the Bylaws if they are needed to allow such action.

Value to Community: These steps will increase accountability of Board and NomCom actions, provide transparency to members of the community who choose to step forward as candidates, increase trust in the ARIN election process, and directly address issues raised in the 2021 election.

Timeframe: Not specified

Status: Closed   Updated: 30 September 2022

Tracking Information

ARIN Comment

30 September 2022

Thank you for your suggestion, numbered 2021.22 on confirmed receipt, asking that candidates receive a detailed report on their background checks and interviews by the Nomination Committee. Your suggestion was included in the Board’s discussion, alongside the feedback from the community Consultations on ARIN Elections conducted earlier in 2022. This resulted in updates to ARIN’s Bylaws and Election Process which were announced to the community on 7 June 2022, and which are being used for the current ARIN Elections.

The Board has made changes to improve the transparency for candidates that are not put on the slate and who chose to petition. We are closing this suggestion now that the Board has completed their work to revise the Election Process and related Bylaws. We thank you for your participation in ARIN’s Consultation and Suggestion Process.


American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)

26 October 2021

Thank you for your suggestion, numbered 2021.22 upon confirmed receipt, suggesting a number of improvements to the transparency of the overall nomination process for ARIN elections.

Given that changes to the ARIN Election processes and Bylaws are under the authority of the ARIN Board of Trustees, this suggestion will be provided to the ARIN Board for future consideration.

This suggestion will remain open pending resolution by the ARIN Board of Trustees. Thank you for your participation in the ARIN Consultation and Suggestion Process.