When is the election? Who will receive ballots? What is a “full member?” When should I expect my ballot? Why does ANNA use electronic elections? Who will the email come from? How is the election process different from previous years? When is the deadline for voting? What happens after I receive the e-mail to vote? What happens after I log in? Will my vote count? How secure and confidential is my vote? When will we find out the results of the election? May I still vote with a paper ballot? Who do I contact for additional questions about the election, including if I lost my log in information? What if I am having technical trouble with the online ballot? 1. When is the election? Voting opens December 1, 2014. Voting must be completed by January 6, 2015. 2. Who will receive ballots? All full members as of December 1, 2014 are eligible to vote. Voting will be strictly online this year. No paper ballots will be sent. In order to vote, please make sure that you have a valid email address on file. 3. What is a “full member?” A full member is any registered nurse licensed in the United States and its territories, Canada, or Mexico interested in nephrology, transplantation and related therapies, and the care of patients with kidney disease. Dues must be current as of the date the ballots are sent. 4. When should I expect my ballot? You should receive your ballot during the day on December 1. If you don’t receive your emailed ballot at the same time as your co-workers and friends, do not be alarmed. The 3rd party election management provider we are using staggers the emails so that no organizations gets inundated with a lot of emails at one time. If you have an email address and it bounces back when the email is distributed, we will send you a letter in the mail with a login code to vote online. If you haven’t received your ballot by December 15, please contact the ANNA National Office at 1-888-600-2662 and ask for Lauren Clark. 5. Why does ANNA use electronic elections? For several reasons: Members asked for it! Electronic voting is easier for most members Increased voter participation Going “green” saves time and money for members and ANNA Vote tabulation will be more efficient 6. Who will the email come from? The e-mail containing the link to vote and your unique log in codes will come from: ANNA Election Coordinator at ANNAvote@directvote.net. Please add this email address to your address book and/or safe list as it decreases the chance of this email getting sent into your SPAM folder. 7. How is the election process different from previous years? Until 2009, the election was conducted via US mail with a paper ballot. You received the paper ballot via mail and returned it likewise. Starting 5 years ago, ANNA moved to electronic elections. ANNA will use one-click voting again this year. You will receive an email with a link to the ballot. By clicking the link, you will already be logged in and ready to vote online. 8. When is the deadline for voting? January 6, 2015 is the deadline for voting. Your ballot must be received either online by 12:00 midnight PST or via mail by this date. Late ballots will not be accepted. 9. What happens after I receive the email to vote? The email will contain a direct link to the ballot. Just click on the link in your email to start voting. 10. What happens after I log in? After you click on the link in your email and are directed to a new page, click on the button that reads, “Go To Ballot.” Make sure to read the instruction about how to place your vote at the top of the screen. When you are ready to continue, place a check mark next to your selection. Remember that your vote is not cast until you hit “Proceed to Ballot Confirmation” and then hit "Submit Ballot." 11. Will my vote count? Absolutely! A printable receipt with your voting choices will be emailed to you after you vote. You can print this receipt for your records. 12. How secure and confidential is my vote? Your vote is 100% secure and confidential. ANNA's contract with the 3rd party election provider clearly states that no one at ANNA (leaders or staff) has access to any specific votes. All votes are anonymous. No one will ever know how you voted except you! 13. When will we find out the results of the election? The results of the election will be announced on January 6, 2015. Watch the ANNA website for the results! 14. May I still vote with a paper ballot? No. Members must vote online. If you do not have an email address, you will receive a letter in the mail with instructions on how to vote. The letter will include a login name and password that you will enter on the website provided. 15. Who do I contact for additional questions about the election, including if I lost my log in information? Please contact Lauren Clark at the ANNA National Office, 1-888-600-2662, email@example.com. 16. What if I am having technical trouble with the online ballot? Our third party election management provider specializes in elections for non profit associations. That is their main business. The company will be offering toll-free phone and e-mail support to voters during business hours. You can contact them via phone at 1-800-974-8099 and/or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.