All members are encouraged to click the link to the VoteNet election ballot and cast votes for the candidates of their choice. Election closes March 15.
Candidates, members, and sections are prohibited by AACE and election rules from campaigning for the election for or against any candidate, or a slate of candidates.
A complete list of the candidates, their bios and goals was published in the January issue of the Cost Engineering journal and are posted here. Only one candidate will be elected to each Board office.
President Elect: Marlene Hyde CCE EVP and Alexia Nalewaik CCE
Vice President-Administration: Martin Darley CCC, Peter W. Griesmyer, and John L. Haynes PSP
Vice President-T/E/C: Mike Pritchett CCC CEP and George "Sandy" Whyte CCC CEP EVP
All members will vote for these three offices. In addition, members whose primary Section is in Regions 3, 5, 6, and 8 will also vote for a Director-Region of their respective region.
Regional Candidates Include:
Director-Region 3: James H. "Jay" Carson CCC CEP and Andrea Bach CCC
Director-Region 5: Dr. Anamaria Popescu PE PSP
Director-Region 6: Logan Anjaneyulu CCE CEP PSP, Nicholas Kellar CCC EVP PSP, and Tom Ross CCC PSP
Director-Region 8: Dr. Paul Giammalvo CCE, Keith Webb, and Ira C. Zipperer CCT
Members whose primary Section is in Regions 1, 2, 4, and 7 will not vote on Director-Region candidates until the 2012 election.
Constitution and Bylaws Amendments
Voters will also find three AACE Constitution and Bylaws amendments on the ballot:
Amendment 1: is a vote for or against removing the "Associate Member" class. Current "Associate" members will be classified as "Members" if the amendment is approved. The AACE Board is recommending approval of Amendment 1.
Amendment 2: is a vote for or against eliminating the "Emeritus Member" classification. Approval makes no change for those already holding "Emeritus Member" classification. The AACE Board is recommending approval of Amendment 2.
Amendment 3: clarifies and cleans up Constitution and Bylaws wording, removing an outdated 120 day grace period before unpaid dues result in a member being moved to "inactive status." Today's electronic database automatically makes the change when dues expire. The amendment would change the word mail to "make available" Section 5 of the Bylaws on amending the document to better reflect the current electronic voting that replaced mailed paper ballots. Section 6 also removes the word "mailed" and uses the wording, "the dates the ballots are made available." The AACE Board is recommending approval of Amendment 3.
AACE Canada Constitution and Bylaws Vote
Canadian members in Region 1 will be voting on a new Constitution and Bylaws for AACE Canada. Canadian members voted on amendments in 2008, but the Canadian government refused to recognize the changes. After a consultant was hired, AACE Canada was advised to put this new document up for a vote.
The full text of the proposed new document is published in the February issue of the Cost Engineering journal and there are electronic links to the original and 2008 versions on AACE's website.
About the Election:
VoteNet Solutions will be the independent outside entity providing the electronic ballots, but all ballots will be accessed from AACE's website. Eligible voters were given access to the online ballots beginning at 12:01 a.m. on February 1, and voting will end at midnight (Eastern Standard Time) on March 15.
The AACE Constitution and Bylaws provides for dues paid members to have the privilege of voting. Associate members do not get to vote on the Constitution and Bylaws amendments but can vote for candidates for office. Student members do not have voting privileges. All eligible voters are urged to participate and cast votes.
Anyone with election questions, or who encounters any problems in trying to vote, needs to email email@example.com with a brief explanation of the question/problem. The editor/election clerk or another headquarters staff member will email the member back. An attempt is made to reply the same business day during the work week, or no later than the next business day.
Most voting issues or problems can be quickly addressed and resolved. Members who pay dues or are added in 2011 can be manually added to if not on the approved voter list by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.