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Voting Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Who is eligible to vote in ARIN Elections?

Each ARIN Member organization may have one Voting Contact to vote in Board of Trustees and Advisory Council elections on their behalf. A Voting Contact must have a valid ARIN Online account to be eligible to vote in elections. Your organization must also be a General Member in Good Standing (GMIGS).

Must an ARIN Member organization’s designated Voting Contact have a Voting Contact Point of Contact (POC) record linked to an ARIN Online account?
No, a Voting Contact is no longer recorded as a POC in the ARIN database. However, a Voting Contact must have a valid ARIN Online account to be eligible to vote in ARIN Elections.
Will a Voting Contact without an ARIN Online account be eligible to vote in ARIN Elections?

No. To be eligible to vote, a member organization must designate a Voting Contact with a valid ARIN Online account and be a General Member in Good Standing (GMIG) by the voter eligibility deadline.

What happened to my organization’s Voting Contact Point of Contact (POC) record?

On 28 January 2017, ARIN released new features to ARIN Online that discontinue the use of Voting Contact Point of Contact (POC) records. As part of this update, a member Organization Record page will now display the Voting Contact information of the ARIN Online account user. This was the ARIN Online account that was previously linked to the Voting Contact POC. 2016 eligible Voting Contacts remain the designated voter for their organization.

How can an ARIN Member organization manage its Voting Contact?

All Voting Contacts are now managed in ARIN Online. A member organization’s Administrative or Tech Point of Contact (POC) now has the ability to quickly modify or appoint an existing ARIN Online user as the Voting Contact by selecting one of three simple methods via ARIN Online:

  • Appoint yourself
  • Choose from eligible associated ARIN Online user accounts
  • Appoint an ARIN Online user by email address
What do I do if I forget my ARIN Online username or password?

Please see the Login Assistance page to recover your web account username and password.

How does an organization check its Voting Contact status?

The Administrative Points of Contact (POCs), Tech POCs, and Voting Contacts of a member organization can view Voting Contact information by first logging into ARIN Online, going to the Organization Identifiers page, and selecting the appropriate Organization Handle. While logged into ARIN Online, the respective POC can then update the Voting Contact on record by following the steps outlined on the Voting Contacts page. An organization’s Admin POC and Tech POC can also send an inquiry that includes the organization name and Org ID to members@arin.net.

When do I need to establish my voter eligibility?

Voter eligibility must be established no later than 45 days before the October ARIN Public Policy and Members Meeting. Sunday, 20 August 2017 is the deadline to establish eligibility to vote in the 2017 elections.

What happens if a designated Voting Contact sets up an ARIN Online account after the voter eligibility deadline? Can they still vote?

No. To be eligible to vote in ARIN Elections, a Voting Contact must have a valid ARIN Online account no later than the eligibility deadline.

Is my organization required to designate a representative as a Voting Contact in order to vote in ARIN Elections?

Yes, every ARIN Member organization is required to designate a representative, who has a valid ARIN Online account linked to the organization, as their Voting Contact in order to vote in ARIN Elections. If you’re unsure whether your organization has a designated Voting Contact on file, you may inquire by emailing members@arin.net.

What happens if an ARIN Member organization doesn't designate a Voting Contact?

ARIN’s Communications and Member Services team will attempt to automatically designate as Voting Contact a confirmed Admin POC or Tech POC with a valid ARIN Online account linked to the organization if one is available. Otherwise, an email will be sent to Admin POCs and Tech POCs associated with the organization requesting a Voting Contact be designated as soon as possible. Organizations without a designated Voting Contact on file by the voter eligibility deadline will be ineligible to vote in ARIN Elections.

Will my organization be notified when ARIN Elections open?

Yes, all ARIN Member organizations’ designated Voting Contacts will be notified by email prior to and when ARIN Elections open. A detailed Voter Guide will also be mailed directly to Voting Contacts prior to the election opening.

For an ARIN Member organization that doesn’t have a designated Voting Contact on file, the organization’s Admin Point of Contact (POC) will be contacted by email and phone prior to the voter eligibility deadline in an attempt to identify the organization’s Voting Contact. A detailed election process calendar with key dates is also available on ARIN’s Election Headquarters page.

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