Continue Electronic Elections in 2009
Because of the success of online voting
in 2008, USITT is embarking upon the 2009 election cycle with
the intent of again utilizing the secure electronic process.
With the use of e-balloting, USITT saw numbers of voters increase
a dramatic 21 percent over the return of paper ballots in
The vast majority of members found the
process of voting electronically easy and accessible. Votenet,
the e-balloting provider, made paper ballots available for
members who did not vote electronically.
The USITT Nominations
Committee has prepared a slate for the 2009 election cycle.
John Uthoff, as Immediate Past President, was chair of the
Nominations Committee that prepared the slate appearing below.
He and the committee diligently sought input from the membership
at large, Commissioners, Regional Sections, Conference Committee,
and Directors at Large. Sylvia Hillyard Pannell, who became
Immediate Past President in July 2008, now chairs the committee.
The Nominations Committee presents the
following preliminary slate for the 2009 election.
||Joe D. Aldridge
|Vice-President for International Activities
||Alexandra B. Bonds
|Vice-President for Commissions
||Kim E. Williamson
|Vice-President for Conferences
|Officers elected will serve two-year
terms starting July 1, 2009.
|Directors at Large (six to be elected)
| Raymond Kent
|Those elected Directors
at Large will serve three-year terms beginning
July 1, 2009.
The slate may be
amended by following the By-Laws that state: "Additional
nominations for each elective office may be presented by
petition, supported by no fewer than 50 signatures verified
as those of members in good standing in the Corporation. Additional
nominations shall be accompanied by written approval of the
nominee and a brief biographical description."
for additional nominations for each elective office may be
conducted electronically for candidates who wish to be included
on the ballot. To file an e-mail petition, the process is
- Confirm the willingness of the individual
to stand for election;
- Collect the names of at least
50 current USITT members who have agreed to support the
- Send an e-mail by October 15 to Nominations
Committee Chair Sylvia Hillyard Pannell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The e-mail must contain the name and brief
biography of the nominee as well as names and e-mail addresses
of all of those members who signed the petition in support
of the nomination.
Once the electronic petition is received,
the membership of those who endorse the nomination will be
verified and the support of each signer will be confirmed.
If all is in order, the name will be added to the slate.
The Nominations Committee hopes that this
option will allow the membership a convenient process for
participation and involvement. Petitions may still be filed
on paper and mailed to Ms. Pannell at USITT, 315 South Crouse
Avenue, Suite 200, Syracuse, NY 13210.
Any member with questions
may also e-mail USITT Secretary Pat Dennis at email@example.com
or Nominations Committee Chair Pannell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
USITT's officers and Directors at Large
shape the future of the organization; it is critical that
all members participate in the election process. By doing
so, members invest in the future of the Institute.
will soon receive additional information about the election
process as well as instructions for those members who would
prefer not to cast votes electronically.