How To: Navigate the Ballot Process
“Every ASTM member is entitled to vote on all Society Review Items as well as on each ballot of a main committee and subcommittee to which the member belongs.” That’s the regulation behind this integral part of developing standards: the voting process.
Most important: voting gives each member the opportunity to help advance a standard on its way to marketplace use, or to stop it with a negative vote. Voting also provides a way to make comments to help refine a standard for its next iteration. Voting is your voice in the consensus process.
READ MORE more about negative votes and addressing them.
View a PDF about the balloting process HERE.
If you have any questions, please contact your staff manager.
While voting is critical to the consensus process, it is also a needed response to ballots to fulfill return requirements. Failure to return main committee ballots may result in the termination of a main committee member’s official vote. The same holds true for the official votes of subcommittee members. ■