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The Importance of Voting

Election Day in the United States was this past Tuesday, an event that caused more people than ever to show up and vote.  I hope the election for the PASS Board of Directors next week generates an increase in turnout as well from PASS members.  While the vibrant and diverse population of the Data Platform community is a fraction of the size of most country’s populace, the individuals at the helm of the PASS organization are as vital as any singular leader, responsible for the immediate and long-term success of PASS during these uncharted times. 

The 2020 Nominations Committee had the honor of reviewing applications and interviewing a strong set of candidates and is presenting a slate of seven (7) candidates for three (3) At-Large Board of Director positions. All seats are open, with no regional restrictions.  Voting begins on November 11 at 11:30 AM PST and ends at 12:00 PM PST, November 17. If you completed your myPASS profile by June 1, 2020, then you are eligible to vote! You can review the candidates and their scores by visiting the Election Page before you cast you ballot.  This will help you make an informed decision on which candidates are best suited to fill the role of a PASS Board Member.  With the need for PASS Summit to move to a virtual format this year, and the subsequent changes in sponsor and partner relationships that are required, this year has presented challenges none of us have faced before.  Next year doesn’t appear to be any different, except, EXCEPT, we have a chance to better plan for what PASS does for the community, and how.  The individuals you elect to the Board will set that path.

Call to Action

As a member of the PASS organization, it is your privilege, and I would argue your responsibility, to vote in this election.  Whether you know every name on the ballot, have recognition of some, or don’t know any of the candidates is irrelevant.  Each candidate has an application, and a platform available for you to review online.  Make the time to read every one, understand what their intentions are for PASS and why…and ask questions.  BE part of the process.  We know that PASS is working to navigate a year of unexpected twists and turns, and there are three individuals that you can choose to work with the existing board to help evolve this community and move it forward.  Vote!

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