|February 1, 2014
AACE members can now cast votes in the annual AACE election of officers. Members whose dues were paid through Dec. 31, 2013, are eligible to vote. The online ballots are available from Feb. 1 through 4 p.m. EDT US on March 15. Your vote counts, so please take a few minutes to review the slate of candidates with individual biographies and goals of each candidate and finally vote for your choice of candidates. Members will be able to vote from a computer, smartphone, or other electronic device.
The 2014-2015 slate of candidates includes the following: Vying for President-Elect are John C. Livengood, Esq., AIA, CFCC PSP, and Julie Owen, CCP PSP. For VP-Finance, the three candidates are Logan Anjaneyulu, CCP CEP PSP; Ann Marie Cox, EVP; and Joseph W. Wallwork, PE CCP CFCC PSP FAACE. For VP-North American Regions, Cristina Baltazar, PE PSP, is running unopposed as is Madhu P. Pillai, CCP, for VP-International Regions.
Regions 1, 2, 4, 7 and 9 will elect a Director-Region to the AACE Board of Directors. Candidates in Region 1 are: David Colangelo, CCP, and Cindy Hands, P.Eng. CCP. Candidates in Region 2 are: Jonathan McNatty, PSP and Calvin Speight, CCP. Candidates in Region 4 are: Jacqueline Doyle, PE PSP and Ken Krill, PSP. Candidates in Region 7 are: Mohammed Rafiuddin, CCP PSP and Ghulam Mujtaba Shaikh, PE. Garvin McCann is running unopposed in Region 9.
Canadian Members to vote on major revisions to the AACE Canada Inc. Bylaws
Members of sections and at-large members in Region 1 (Canada) will vote on whether to approve new bylaws, as required by the new Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, according to Region 1 Director Mathew Nicholas, PSP. The revisions were unanimously recommended for approval by the AACE International Board of Director during their Oct. 27, 2013, meeting in Morgantown, WV. The primary purpose of the AACE Canada Inc. is to allow Canadian residents to make tax advantaged contributions to the AACE education and scholarship funds. The bylaws will be included on the February 1 - March 15 AACE International annual election ballot. To review the proposed Bylaws, click here.
Members who join in 2014, or members whose dues were unpaid in 2013 and who renew in 2014, will not be eligible to vote. Members in regions not electing a director-region candidate will receive access only to the primary ballot. Members in regions electing director-region candidates will receive access to a ballot that includes the candidate or candidates for their particular region. Members in Region 1 (i.e., Canada) will receive a ballot that also includes a for or against vote for the revisions to the AACE Canada Inc bylaws amendment, as required by the new Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act.
Once you log into vote, please check to make sure that the ballot that comes up on your computer or other electronic device includes all of the candidates you believe you should be voting for, and for Canadian members that your ballot includes the bylaws amendment vote. If you believe you have not received access to the correct ballot, log out without voting and contact AACE headquarters immediately and ask that election officials double check to ensure that you have been assigned to the correct voter list to receive the correct ballot.
Annual AACE International elections are conducted electronically. AACE International has contracted with Votenet Solutions of Washington, DC, to provide the needed software and electronic voting expertise. Members will be able to link to the voting site through the this website. Once at the voting site, members will use their member identification number and password to access the ballot and vote. All candidate bios, goals, and photos will be easily accessible for review at the electronic site. All AACE International members eligible to vote in the 2014-2015 election are urged to read and review the biographies of each candidate, along with their goals and objectives for the office they seek, before they complete their ballot.
Each voter shall properly signify on the ballot the voter’s choice for the various officers. A security feature of the electronic voting system allows members and associate members to vote only once. A voter can print out a receipt that will include an individual verification number as proof of having voted. No changes can be made once a voter has completed and filed a ballot. Therefore, if you have any questions, if you think you are linked to the wrong ballot, or have any other concerns—please do not complete voting. Instead, stop and call or e-mail AACE headquarters for assistance. Christian Heller, Staff Director Technical Operations, firstname.lastname@example.org and Marvin Gelhausen, Managing Editor, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, oversee the AACE election and are the contacts to assist members with any problems you encounter.
Campaigning is Prohibited
The Association Board recognizes that the professional reputation and experience of candidates for Association office are ample testimony to their qualifications and ability to serve. Further, it is believed that these credentials do not need amplification and that campaigning for office by, or on behalf of, candidates is unnecessary, undesirable, and unprofessional.
After nomination, campaigning is defined as organized oral or written solicitation of votes or support either by a candidate or by an individual member or Section on behalf of a candidate. A proven violation of this policy shall be considered as prejudicial to the best interests of the Association and a breach of professional ethics. Such conduct will be subject to disciplinary action as provided for in the Association Bylaws. Further, a proven violation(s) of this policy by an aspirant to office, after due hearing in accord with the Bylaws, shall disqualify said individual from holding Association office.
The AACE International Canons of Ethics also states that, "Members will not campaign, solicit support, or otherwise coerce other cost professionals to support their candidacy or the candidacy of a colleague for elective office in a technical association."
Electronic voting will end as of 4 p.m. eastern US time on March 15, 2014. The electronic system will block any voter from casting a ballot after 4 p.m. EDT US on March 15, 2014. Your vote is important to the future of AACE International.