The American Society of Transplantation's 2019 election is now open! Read below for some common questions regarding the election process.
1. When is the election?
Voting opened April 9, 2019. Voting must be completed by June 3, 2019, at 5:00 PM PT.
2. What is on the ballot?
This year, AST members will be voting for a President-Elect, a Secretary, and 3 Councilors at large. You can view the candidates here. Additionally, the AST is considering a bylaws revision. Read the proposed change here.
3. Who will receive a ballot?
As indicated by the AST bylaws, eligible voters include all current Full Members, Trainee Members, and International Members.
4. What if I joined or paid my dues after the ballot was sent – can I still vote?
Yes! Your membership must be current by May 15, 2019 to vote in the election. You will receive an email ballot after your dues payment on either April 23 or May 21.
5. When should I expect my ballot?
The AST utilizes electronic voting; no paper ballots are sent. You should receive your ballot during the day via email on April 9. Please make sure you have a valid email address on file to ensure participation. A ballot reminder will also be sent on April 23 and May 21 to those members who have not yet submitted a vote. If you do not have an email address on file or your email address bounces, we will send you a postcard with a login code to vote online.
The email containing the link to vote will come from email@example.com. 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. If you have not received your ballot, please check your SPAM folder. If you still cannot locate your ballot, please contact Rachel Paulin at the AST National Office, rpaulin@myAST.org.
7. When is the deadline for voting?
June 3, 2019 at 5:00 pm EST is the deadline for voting. Late ballots will not be accepted.
8. 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 cast your vote.
9. Will my vote count?
Absolutely! A printable receipt with your voting choices will be emailed to you after you vote at your request. You can print this receipt for your records.
10. How secure and confidential is my vote?
Your vote is 100% secure and confidential. No AST leaders or staff has access to any specific votes. All votes are anonymous. No one will ever know how you voted except you!
11. When will we find out the results of the election?
The results of the election will be announced live at the AST Town Hall in Boston, MA at 5:45 pm EST. Attend the Town Hall to find out the live results and watch our website for updates!
12. 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 postcard in the mail with instructions on how to cast your online vote.
13. Who do I contact for additional questions about the election, including if I lost my ballot email?
Please contact Rachel Paulin at the AST National Office, 1-856-380-6819, rpaulin@myAST.org.
Thank you for exercising your right to vote!