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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB011 (2020)

ARLB011 Ballot Counting Postponed in Four ARRL Section Manager 

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ARRL Bulletin 11  ARLB011
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  April 24, 2020
To all radio amateurs 

ARLB011 Ballot Counting Postponed in Four ARRL Section Manager 

During these unprecedented times of social distancing and staying at
home, the ARRL Ethics and Elections Committee (E&E) has postponed
ballot counting for four contested Section Manager elections.

Since March 23, ARRL Headquarters staff has been working remotely
under the Governor of Connecticut's mandate, which is currently in
effect through May 20 and may be extended into June. The ballots for
the Section Manager races in Illinois, Indiana, Oregon, and Maine
were scheduled to be counted on Tuesday, May 19 as directed by the
ARRL rules and regulations for Section Manager elections. Due to the
circumstances, ARRL Interim CEO Barry Shelley, N1VXY, asked the E&E
Committee for an extension that would allow ballot counting to
happen as soon as practicable before mid-June.

Although this extension was granted, it does not change the Friday,
May 15, 2020 deadline for ballots to be received at ARRL HQ.
Standard operating practice dictates that any ballots received after
this deadline will not be counted. The Governor's mandate and social
distancing practices do not affect this section of the election

Terms for election winners are scheduled to begin on July 1, 2020.
ARRL hopes to see the Governor's restrictions relaxed in time to
have a team of tellers inside HQ to count the ballots and publish
the elections' results in enough time that the terms of office will
not change. The E&E Committee will have to decide the course of
action, should any unforeseen circumstances not allow the ballots to
be counted by mid-June.

The safety of our staff and members remains the highest priority as
we work through these difficult times. Thank you for your