2015 Ballots and Voting for 2016 Officers and Rules
By Barbara Beigel-Vosbury
Nov 19, 2015, 19:52

Dear Star Sailors,

The 2015 Annual Election and Rule Change voting that will take place 20 November to 10 December 2015. Below is an explanation of what will take place tomorrow.

Please take a moment to read about the new process and feel free to email me with any further questions or comments.

The Executive Committee, in an effort to increase participation, has decided to offer online voting for this year’s elections of Class officers and Rule changes. Online voting will be open from 20 November through 10 December. Increased participation in the voting process will help to provide an accurate and balanced view of how our members want the Class to move forward.

The online voting process will be managed by an outside vendor. Each member who has provided the Class office with an e-mail address will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to access the electronic ballot. The e-mail will provide a unique login and password for each recipient.

As the online voting is a new process for 2015 we’re sure there will be some questions and possibly concerns. The following addresses some of the common questions. If you have questions not addressed here please e-mail the Central Office at

1. Who gets to vote?

Life members and Active members with boats.

2. Do I have to vote?

No, but we sure would like you to!

3. What if I do not have an email address?

Not a problem, we have put together the list of eligible voters and pulled out the ones without emails. You will receive paper ballots in the postal mail. They were mailed several weeks ago. Just be sure your signed ballot is received in the Central Office by 9 December 2015.

4. How do I vote online?

You will receive an email with instructions, a link to the election and a passcode unique to you. Follow the instructions and you have voted.

5. What if I do not get an email, do not get a paper ballot but feel I am eligible to vote?

You might want to email the Central Office first to be sure you are eligible. Just be sure your signed ballot is received in the Central Office by 9 December 2015.

6. How do I know my vote went through?

After you have voted you will be able to look at your completed ballot and you will receive a confirmation email with a transaction number for your vote.

7. What if I am a “co-owner” of a boat?

Two emails from the voting system will be sent, whoever votes first gets the vote. You and your co-owner should discuss the ballot and just submit one vote if you agree on the issues. If not, you will have to take your chances.

Also included in the voting system is a section for Comments. These will be received by the Central Office in the form of a list of comments with no names attached. Please let us know your thoughts.

Thank you for taking the time to Vote. As a member of the Star Class your input is critical in helping us define the future of the Class.

Best regards,
Barbara Beigel Vosbury
Executive Director

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