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

William Herrin bill at herrin.us
Thu Oct 28 20:29:55 EDT 2021

On Thu, Oct 28, 2021 at 1:47 PM ARIN <info at arin.net> wrote:
> General members (whether existing or new ones who were
> previously end user organizations and opted to become
> General Members) must participate in ARIN Elections to
> maintain their status. Following the 2023 ARIN annual election
> and each election thereafter, General Members that did not cast
> a ballot in any of the previous three ARIN elections will become
> Service Members and will not be eligible to apply for General
> Member status until after the coming year.


I sort of see the point. You don't want poorly informed single-issue
voters dropping by for an outrage election and overwhelming the votes
of the folks who've stayed well informed and participated over time.
Is this really the best way to go about that?

> The number of signatures required for petition nominations shall be
> at least two percent (2%) of, but no less than one hundred (100)

Adding the 100 vote floor strikes me as a dubious proposition. This
isn't the gateway to win the election; it just lets someone on the
ballot. I don't see any threat from allowing someone on the ballot if
they only have 50 signatures. Or 20. There aren't so many people vying
to hold ARIN offices that we need to strongly weed out the candidates.
Worst case, they add to the dialog before being defeated. That's not a
bad thing.

> failure of any elected Candidate to assume >their< position

I see the "singular they" is proposed to replace "his or her" in
section 5a. If you said "the position" instead of "their position" you
could avoid making a needless political statement about gender

Bill Herrin

William Herrin
bill at herrin.us

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