My ballot for the 2019 AMSAT Board of Directors election arrived in the mail yesterday. That process has changed since the last time and an outside vendor now handles and manages elections for the organization.

“AMSAT believes this voting system will result in greater election integrity as it removes the potential for any perceived conflicts of interest. ElectionBuddy will manage AMSAT’s voter list and interaction with members regarding the election. This ensures voter anonymity. Individual ballot responses will never be shared with any volunteer or paid AMSAT staff.”

The ballot can still be filled out manually and sent via postal mail, but I took advantage of an automated process where I scanned a QR code printed on the ballot and that transported me to a Web page where I cast my ballot. It was quick and easy and, having seen it in action, a good idea for AMSAT to have farmed out this particular chore.

What wasn’t included with the ballot was any sort of candidate statements which seems suspicious given that this tends to favor the incumbents.

You will have to do a little digging, but you can learn more about the challengers and I urge you to spend time to find out what’s going on behind the scene at AMSAT and determine if you’re happy with the status quo or if you think it’s time for a change. It’s up to you.

Members will select four of eight candidates or abstain from voting for anyone. Ballots must be received by September 15th.