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American Quarterly 55.3 (2003) 539

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Online Voting

In order to aid the greatest turnout of voters in ASA elections, the Council unanimously approved a resolution offered by the Nominating Committee to adopt online voting effective the 2004 election. Electronic voting is now legal in the District of Columbia, where the American Studies Association is incorporated.

On or before January 15, 2004, the Nominating Committee will post an electronic ballot on a secure web server, together with candidates' statements and appropriate biographical material on all nominees, accessible to the active membership of the association. The ballot will be available to the active membership of the association at least six weeks after the completion of the nominations.

The Nominating Committee will also provide a "fax option" for voting. Members will be able to download a "faxable" ballot from the web or have a copy mailed or faxed from the national office on request. No mail ballots will be printed and distributed.

The Nominating Committee will provide instructions in the ASA Newsletter and on ASA website for members who would prefer the fax option. In order to prevent duplicate voting, all ballots, faxed and electronic, must be accompanied by a membership number.

In order to access the online ballot, members must have their member number available for entry into the ballot form. Your old American Studies Association membership number is a 9-digit number starting with 0. Your new membership number is 4 or more digits long and can be found in the following places: It is on your ASA Newsletter mailing label above your name; if you've been a member for more than a year, you can find it above your name and address on your annual renewal notice; or, if you're a new member, you can find it on your ASA acknowledgement letter. If you cannot find any of the above items, you can call the Johns Hopkins University Press at 1-800-548-1784 for your membership number.

We appreciate your help in initiating this new system, which we think will increase participation in ASA elections and ensure that the largest possible number of members are involved in selecting the leaders of the association.



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