Election System Instructions

To be eligible to vote in ARIN Elections, each ARIN Member organization must designate one Voting Contact with a valid ARIN Online account and be a General Member in Good Standing 45 days before a ballot or election.

The Voting Contact for each ARIN Member organization must have a valid ARIN Online account to be eligible to vote in ARIN Elections. Learn more on our Voting Contacts page.

Submitting Votes in an ARIN Election

ARIN’s election system is integrated with ARIN Online. The Voting Contact for each ARIN Member organization must have a valid ARIN Online account in order to be eligible to vote in ARIN Elections. Please see the Login page to recover your username and password so you can access your ARIN Online account in time to vote.

After each ballot is completed, a vote confirmation page will appear requiring you to review and confirm your ballot. If you need to correct your ballot, you must select the “back to make a correction” button. Once you’ve verified that your ballot is accurate, you must select the “confirm” button to cast your ballot. Please note that once a ballot has been cast, under no circumstances can a ballot be altered. Once your ballot has been cast, you will be emailed a copy of your vote receipt for your records.

Step-by-Step Voting Instructions

1. On any ARIN web page, log in to ARIN Online and click the “Vote Now” link located on your dashboard.

Screen shot of ARIN Online Dashboard showing Vote Now link
To navigate back to the 'Vote Now' link while already logged in, please click 'Dashboard' at the top of the left-hand navigation menu.

2. Agree to the Transparency Agreement

Screen shot of Transparency Agreement Screen

3. Select up to two candidates for the ARIN Board of Trustees, then click “submit vote."

Screen shot of Example Board Ballot
Candidate Speeches and Bios are available by clicking on the candidate's name.

Confirm Board of Trustees Ballot and Submit

Screen shot of Example Board Confirmation Screen
Be sure to click the 'Submit Vote' button.

4. Select up to five candidates for the ARIN Advisory Council, then click “submit vote."

Screen shot of Example Advisory Council Ballot
Candidate Speeches and Bios are available by clicking on the candidate's name.

Confirm Advisory Council Ballot and Submit

Screen shot of Example Board Confirmation Screen
Be sure to click the 'Submit Vote' button.

Instructions to Split Votes for Multiple Organizations

If you are eligible to vote on behalf of more than one ARIN Member organization, you may change your vote weight per ballot. If you want to cast all of your ballots for the same group of candidates, then leave the “set the weight to” field as is (by default, this field will match your total vote weight).

Screen shot of Ballot Showing Vote Weight
The vote weight represents how many eligible member organizations you represent as a Voting Contact.

If you want to cast multiple ballots and vote for different candidates per ballot, set the vote weight to a smaller number, select your candidates, and select “submit vote.” You will be asked to confirm that ballot and then the ballot screen will reappear, allowing you to repeat this process until you have cast a ballot for each ARIN Member organization you are eligible to vote on behalf of.

Screen shot of Reducing Vote Weight on Ballot
Vote weight is controlled per ballot, i.e. you could split your ballot in one election but vote all your vote weight in the next.

Example: If you have a total vote weight of 3 and set the weight to a value of 1, then click “submit vote” and confirm, you will be presented another ballot with your “unused vote weight” weight reduced to 2.

Screen shot of next ballot after having voted once already
You will get a separate receipt for each ballot cast.

Important Reminders

Voting Contacts may cast a vote for each open seat. Voting Contacts may not select more than the number of open seats, but they may choose to select fewer candidates than the number of open seats, or to cast a blank ballot. Voting Contacts who represent multiple ARIN Member organizations or organizations with more than one Org ID may split their votes among multiple candidates, however, Voting Contacts may not cast more than one ballot per Org ID per election.

Voter registration records are retained for future elections. Voting will be deactivated after the deadline for voting passes. All votes must be cast online through ARIN Online and confirmed before the voting booth closes to be counted. All results are archived electronically and may only be printed at the request of the President, Chief Operating Officer, or Chief Customer Officer.

Submitting Votes as a Meeting Attendee for NRO Number Council elections

Attendees of NANOG 83 and/or ARIN 48 who registered for the meetings by 28 October are eligible to vote in the 2021 Number Resource Organization Number Council (NRO NC) Election to seat one representative from the ARIN region. To cast your online ballot, please follow the instructions below. Individuals who are also voting contacts for eligible member organizations will only be able to vote as a Voting Contact, not as a meeting attendee.

  1. At approximately 1:00 PM EDT on Monday, 1 November 20201, you will receive an email at the address you registered for the meeting with. Click the link provided.
  2. Accept the Transparency Agreement
  3. Select one candidate for the NRO Number Council
  4. Select “Submit Vote”

You will receive an email confirming your vote which contains your receipt.

View Candidate Information

All candidate information is available through the Election Headquarters page.

For each candidate, ARIN publishes the unedited responses to the non-confidential candidate questionnaire, a video archive of their speech at the ARIN Public Policy and Members Meeting, and unedited Statements of Support from individuals. In addition, this year, at ARIN 46 we had Candidate Forums for both the Board of Trustees and Advisory Council candidates with questions sourced and chosen by the community.

The non-confidential candidate questionnaire responses are published and the ability to read or make Statements of Support is enabled after the initial candidate slate announcement. Candidate speeches normally become available the day following the ARIN Public Policy and Members Meeting.

Confidentiality of Some Information

Answers to the questions in the confidential Background Issues portion of the Board of Trustees questionnaire will not be published except for the following circumstances: (1) if the nominee is not selected to be on an election ballot as a result of their provided answers and petitions to be added to the ballot or seeks a public statement from ARIN regarding their failure to be selected, or (2) if otherwise requested by the candidate.

Statements of Support

Statements of Support are held for moderation and will be posted unedited, upon approval, within one business day. ARIN limits the number of words that can be used when submitting a Statement of Support. Statements of Support can contain no more than 150 words. ARIN reserves the right to deny any derogatory, inappropriate, or defamatory Statement of Support received.

Submit a Statement of Support

  1. Go to Election Headquarters and click on the “Candidate Questionnaires & Statements of Support” link.
  2. Click the green “REGISTER” link at the top of the page.
  3. Provide your name and email, click “proceed,” and then “confirm.”
  4. Click “Submit a Statement” to the right of a candidate’s name.
  5. Input your Statement of Support, check the “I understand…” box, then click “submit comment.”
  6. Note that your statement will be published pending ARIN staff review.

Casting Support for Petitions

In many ways, casting support for a petition is similar to voting in ARIN Elections. The Voting Contact for each ARIN Member organization must have a valid ARIN Online account in order to be eligible to submit a “signature” in support of a petition. Please see the Login page to recover your username and password so you can access your ARIN Online account in time to vote.

A signature confirmation page will appear requiring you to review and confirm your ballot in support of a petition . If you need to correct your ballot, you must select the “back to make a correction” button. Once you’ve verified that your ballot is accurate, you must select the “confirm” button to cast your ballot. Please note that once a ballot has been cast, under no circumstances can a ballot be altered. Once your ballot has been cast, you will be emailed a copy of your vote receipt for your records.

Step-by-Step Petition Signature Instructions

1. On any ARIN web page, log in to ARIN Online and click the “Vote Now” link located on your dashboard.

Screen shot of ARIN Online Dashboard showing Cast Support link
To navigate back to the 'Cast Support' link while already logged in, please click 'Dashboard' at the top of the left-hand navigation menu.

2. Agree to the Transparency Agreement

Screen shot of Transparency Agreement Screen for Petition

3. Select the checkbox next to a petitioner’s name to cast support for that individual. You may support petitions for all, some, or none of the individuals listed.

Screen shot of Example Board Petition Ballot
Petitioner Bios and Questionnaire responses are available by clicking on the candidate's name.

4. Confirm Petition Signature and Submit

Screen shot of Example Board Petition Signature Confirmation Screen
Be sure to click the 'Submit Vote' button.

Once confirmed, you will receive a ballot receipt via email. Please be sure to add votereceipt@bigpulse.com to your contacts list to help ensure receipt of the digitally signed email.

Instructions to Split Petition Signatures for Multiple Organizations

If you are eligible to cast support for a petition on behalf of more than one ARIN Member organization, you may change your “vote” weight per ballot. If you want to cast all of your ballots for the same petitioner(s), then leave the “set the weight to” field as is (by default, this field will match your total vote weight).

Screen shot of detail showing how vote weight is displayed
The vote weight represents how many eligible member organizations you represent as a Voting Contact.

If you want to cast multiple ballots and cast support for different petitioners per ballot, set the vote weight to a smaller number, select your petitioner(s), and select “submit vote.” You will be asked to confirm that petition signature and then the ballot screen will reappear, allowing you to repeat this process until you have cast a ballot for each ARIN Member organization you are eligible to submit a petition signature on behalf of.

Petition Reminders

Casting support for a petition is solely a measure of your desire to include an individual on the Final Slate of Candidates, and is by no means an indication or requirement for you to support that potential candidate in the upcoming election.

Each petitioner is individually seeking support to be added to the Final Slate, so you may cast support for all, none, or some of the petitioners. Voting Contacts may cast a blank ballot, but the success of a petition is solely reliant on member support of a petition and blank ballots do not factor into the outcome. To be added to the Final Slate, each petitioner must receive support from at least 124 member organizations, as indicated by their existing designated Voter Contact. Per the ARIN Bylaws, this is the established threshold of two-percent of eligible General Members in Good Standing (GMIGS), as of the opening of the Call for Nominations (18 June 2021).

Voter registration records are retained for future elections. The ability to cast support for a petition will be deactivated immediately after the deadline for doing so passes. All votes must be cast online through ARIN Online and confirmed before the voting booth closes to be counted. All results are archived electronically and may only be printed at the request of the President, Chief Operating Officer, or Chief Customer Officer.