Full ARRL members in the Central, Hudson, New England, Northwestern, and Roanoke Divisions will have the opportunity this year to choose a Director and Vice Director for 3-year terms beginning on January 1, 2022. ARRL is now seeking eligible nominees for these positions. These could include incumbents or new candidates. It takes 10 full members in a Division to nominate a candidate for either office.
ARRL is governed by its Board of Directors. A voting Director is chosen by ballot by the full (i.e., licensed) ARRL members in each of its 15 Divisions. Vice Directors, who serve in the absence of the Director at a Board meeting and succeed to the position of Director should a vacancy occur, are chosen at the same time. Elections are held in five Divisions per year.
The eligibility of nominees for the positions of ARRL Director and Vice Director will be reviewed by the Ethics & Elections Committee, composed of three Directors not subject to election this year: Mickey Baker, N4MB; Tom Abernethy, W3TOM, and Jeff Ryan, K0RM. A nominee must be at least 21 years old and must have been licensed and a full member of ARRL for a continuous term of at least 4 years immediately preceding nomination.
Each nominee must provide information concerning their employment, ownership, and investment interests, and other financial arrangements to ensure compliance with the Conflict of Interest Policy (see Article 12 of the ARRL Articles of Association and Bylaw 45). The qualifications for Director and Vice Director are identical. All the powers of the Director are transferred to the Vice Director in the event of the Director’s death, resignation, recall, removal outside the Division, or inability to serve.
Step 1: Obtain official nominating petition forms. Starting July 1, any full member residing in a Division where there is an election may request an official nominating petition package in writing, either by letter or via email, to firstname.lastname@example.org. The request must reach the ARRL Secretary no later than noon EDT on Friday, August 13, 2021. If you are seriously considering running or nominating someone to run, do not wait until the last minute to request the forms; the deadline for submitting a completed petition form is just 1 week later.
Step 2: Obtain signatures and complete questionnaire. Only the official form may be used. The petition form has two sides. To be valid, a nominating petition must name the candidate and must bear the signatures of 10 full members of the appropriate Division. The candidate must complete the other side, providing the information required to determine eligibility, certifying its accuracy, and agreeing to assume the office if elected.
Step 3: Submit petition form. The completed form must reach the Secretary no later than noon EDT on Friday, August 20, 2021. Submissions may be by electronic transmission of images (i.e., a PDF or JPEG attachment to an email) or facsimile, provided that upon request, the original documents are received by the Secretary within 7 days of the request. A person who is nominated for both Director and Vice Director may choose to decline the nomination for Director; otherwise, the nomination for Director will stand and that for Vice Director will be void.
On Monday, August 23, 2021, the Secretary will notify each candidate of the name and call sign of each other candidate for the same office. Candidates will then have until Friday, September 3, 2021 to submit a 300-word statement and a photograph (if they desire those to accompany the ballot), in accordance with instructions that will be supplied.
In cases where only one eligible candidate has been nominated for an office, that person will be declared elected by the Ethics & Elections Committee. If there is more than one eligible candidate for an office, the full members in good standing of that Division as of September 10, 2021, will have the opportunity to cast ballots. Official paper ballots and candidates’ statements will be mailed to eligible members no later than October 1, 2021. Completed ballots must be received at the designated PO Box in the envelope provided by noon Eastern Time Friday, November 19, 2021. The candidate receiving the most votes will be declared the winner that day.
A full member residing temporarily outside his or her home Division, including overseas, may arrange to vote in the home Division by notifying the Secretary prior to September 10, 2021, giving their current mailing address as reflected in the ARRL membership records (i.e., QST mailing address) and the reason why another Division is considered home. Members with overseas military addresses should take special note of this provision; in the absence of information received to the contrary, ballots will be sent to them based on their postal addresses.
The incumbent Directors and Vice Directors, respectively, in the five Divisions in which elections will be held this year are:
- Central: Kermit Carlson, W9XA, and Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA
- Hudson: Ria Jairam, N2RJ, and Bill Hudzik, W2UDT
- New England: Fred Hopengarten, K1VR, and Phil Temples, K9HI
- Northwestern: Mike Ritz, W7VO, and Mark Tharp, KB7HDX
- Roanoke: Bud Hippisley, W2RU, and Bill Morine, N2COP