ACNM 2017 Elections FAQ's
Elections Update FAQ for Members - February 8, 2017
To protect ACNM election integrity
following discovery of a data processing error, 54 ACNM members are being
reissued ballots in the 2017 ACNM election. Every member’s vote matters. Every
member is encouraged to vote. This provides information for members so that
they have confidence that every member has the opportunity to vote and every
vote will be counted accurately.
When ACNM pulled the member list
for our elections vendor to use in administering the 2017 ACNM elections, the
list mis-assigned some members to the wrong ACNM region. Thus some members were
assigned ballots for the wrong region. The error was discovered by members who
received the wrong ballot for their region and contacted ACNM. ACNM reviewed
its data, found the error, corrected it, and supplied the correct validated
member data to our elections vendor. Since January 30, 2017, all members voting by the
electronic method have seen only the correct ballot online and have been voting
correctly. Members voting by paper ballot are being reissued the correct
How many members are truly
A total of 54 members are affected.
13 members voted electronically on the wrong ballot between January 20th and 30th. 41
members were sent the wrong paper ballot.
What is being done to help those 54 members and ensure every
member’s vote is counted? And that no one gets a double vote?
The 13 members who voted on the
wrong electronic ballot are being sent information and instructions to vote
again. The 41 members who were sent the wrong paper ballot are being sent new
paper ballots with instructions to vote again. Any member who voted on the
incorrect ballot will not have their vote counted. Coding on both the
electronic and paper ballots ensures that only valid ballots, and no invalid or
erroneous ballots, will be counted. Our elections vendor counts the ballots.
Finally, all members are continually encouraged to vote. Members will be
reminded by email as scheduled on February 10, 2017,
to vote by the election closing date of February 20,
2017, 11:59 pm Eastern time.
How did ACNM arrive upon this
ACNM uses an elections vendor that
has conducted hundreds of elections for many different types of organizations,
including professional member organizations like ACNM. We are following their
recommended process for resolving issues of this type and communicating
information to members.
How can we make sure this does
not happen in the future?
We have corrected the error in the
ACNM database and standardized our data validation process. We have documented
the issue and its resolution, as well as our overall election process so that
it is consistent year after year.
What if I have a question about
Please email [email protected].
Who is responsible for this?
ACNM CEO Frank Purcell is.