[ARIN-consult] [arin-announce] ACSP Consultation 2021.5: Consultation on ARIN’s Membership Structure

Paul Andersen - ARIN paul at arin.net
Thu Oct 28 17:42:07 EDT 2021

> On Oct 28, 2021, at 5:24 PM, Richard Laager <rlaager at wiktel.com> wrote:
> On 10/28/21 4:19 PM, Paul Andersen - ARIN wrote:
>> There were 603 Member Orgs who voted for the BoT, 595 who voted for the AC. I’d make an educated guess that there is high overlap between the two. But a larger pool of potential members will come with the End Users who will be eligible to become members but it is hard to know how many will want to be engaged. Nor can we tell whether a mandate to vote to stay a member may engage more members.
> So the nomination-by-petition threshold is being raised from 2% of ~600 = 10 to 100. That's quite a big jump. What's the rationale for this

The number of voting members isn’t expected to drop since we’ve had a pretty steady count the past five years.

2020 - 603
2019 - 545
2018 - 660
2017 - 491
2016 - 583 

And I think we can safely assume a noticeable increase from end users given many are engaged on the lists and now have the ability to become members. 

But an obvious side effect of this proposal is there will be a drop at some point when those who have chosen not to stay as an engaged member drop off which throws off the percentages. I don’t think the thresholds in reality will be hard to achieve but welcome the feedback.

> Separately, what's the rationale for requiring active voting to maintain voting rights?

There are organizations who come to ARIN (sometimes frequently, sometimes once in a blue moon) and just want to use ARIN services and do not wish to be general members and this change allows that. For those that do choose to become members we are asking them to show their commitment to some degree of engagement. This was seen as a simple to track method; however, I think we’d very much welcome suggestions that are not burdensome on the organization to track.


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