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Instructions for voting in the 2007 CSNA election
This year elections are being held for two office:
- President (one candidate, one to be elected)
- Board of Directors (two candidates, two to be elected)
CSNA uses a modified Hare system of voting: for each election you
must rank the candidates in order of preference (1 = most preferred,
etc.). The election will be conducted via the web, and you have until
January 18 to complete the online ballot. Please follow these steps
for participating in the election:
- Review the candidate names and statements on the candidate page. Candidates are
listed in order of surname. The page contains links to biographical
sketches and to candidates' home pages.
- (Optional step) Consider accepting GSLIS as a trusted
certificate authority for secure web connections. The https
certificates for CSNA are issued by the University of Illinois
Graduate School of Library and Information Science. If you proceed to
the ballot without accepting GSLIS as a certificate authority, your
web browser will present you with scary messages warning you that
someone may be attempting to intercept your data. Please don't
worry. If you decide to accept GSLIS as a
trusted certificate authority, your browser will from that point trust
all GSLIS-issued certificates and will stop complaining. If you don't
wish to permanently accept all GSLIS-issued certificates, you can
simply proceed to the ballot and ignore the warning. The options are
- Load the certificate acceptance
page, follow the link for DER mode, open the certificate file, and
follow your browser's instructions for installation.
- Or just skip this step, proceed to the ballot page as described
below, and be prepared to accept the certificate temporarily, despite
any browser warning.
- Connect to the online ballot
page. This connection is via the secure http protocol
(https). Your browser will alert you that it's a secure connection,
require you to accept a certificate from our website, and then confirm
that you wish to proceed.
- Enter your name and email address in the identification
section of the ballot. This information will be stored separately from
your votes, but linked to that information via a ballot ID number that
will be generated when you submit the form data. The email address you
provide will be checked against the current membership list, and will
be used to generate an automatic email message to you confirming that
your votes have been recorded. In this way, the election results can
be determined using anonymous ballots, but an audit trail exists in
the event that concerns are raised regarding an individual ballot or
- Rank the candidates for each election. Please rank
candidates for each election, including uncontested races.
- Review your rankings before submitting the form data. In
the interests of accessibility and browser support, the ballot page
uses only ordinary HTML forms. This means that (as with a paper
ballot) no technical measures constrain you to follow the directions.
- After reviewing your rankings, submit the form data by
pressing the submit button. An email message confirming the record of
your votes will be generated and sent immediately.
If you have concerns about your ballot, please contact Dave Dubin
(firstname.lastname@example.org). Include the ballot ID number if you have one.