Elections

Call for Steering Committee Nominations

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Nominations are now open!

The Steering Committee is looking for colleagues who want to take the role of Census partner TO THE NEXT LEVEL.

Nominate yourself — or someone else! Employees of State Lead Agencies and Coordinating Agencies are eligible to run. The current Steering Committee has membership from all regions; large and small states; state agencies and universities; old-hands-at-this-stuff and newbies too.

The Steering Committee consists of nine members, selected to represent the member agencies of the State Data Center Program. Three members’ terms end each year, and three members are elected (or re-elected).

New Steering Committee members elected this winter will begin their terms in February 2018. (* We expect this will be an in-person meeting; details to be determined!)

A nomination should include a brief biography (three to four sentences) and concise answers to the following questions:

  1. Brief biography: Where do you work? Any special professional interest? Relevant related professional roles?
  2. What goals or special perspective would you bring as a Steering Committee member?
  3. What is your vision for the SDC network and our partnership with the Census Bureau?
  4. What can the SDC network do to add value for the data-using public?
  • If you are nominating yourself, please answer all 4 questions.
  • If you are nominating someone else – with their permission! – please answer questions 1 and 2.

Please e-mail your nomination and responses to Todd Graham (todd.graham@metc.state.mn.us) by December 21, 2017.

The real story.

If you are elected to the Steering Committee, you are signing up for three trips a year to Washington. The meetings are generally in February, April, and late summer. These trips are usually 2-3 days. The Census Bureau fully pays for your transportation, food, and lodging. 

There are also monthly Steering Committee conference calls, and an expectation of volunteered time on national initiatives. Steering Committee members need to work for organizations that support these time commitments.

Upcoming election.

The Steering Committee election will be held in January. Every lead agency will have one ballot.

Additional details on Steering Committee eligibility, term, and election can be found in the SDC Steering Committee By-Laws, section 4.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Todd Graham or any member of the Steering Committee. A listing of current Steering Committee members can be found at: https://sdcclearinghouse.com/steering-committee/

What does the SDC Steering Committee do?

The Steering Committee consists of nine members from across the country, selected to represent the members agencies of the State Data Center Program.

The Steering Committee advises the Census Bureau on the administration and operation of the State Data Center Program; assists the Census Bureau in planning decennial censuses, the American Community Survey, economic censuses, censuses of governments and various other surveys and programs; works with the Census Bureau to plan and conduct the Annual Training Conference; and improves the flow of information and ideas among the individual member agencies and between the member agencies and the Census Bureau.

2017 Steering Committee Elections

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Elections have now begun for the State Data Center Steering Committee. SDC lead agencies are allowed to cast the lone ballot for their areas. There are four candidates on this year’s ballot, and the lead agency may vote for three.

Each candidate has answered 4 questions about their vision for the SDC Steering Committee. You may see their responses by clicking on their names.

Voting will end at 12:01 a.m., on Friday, February 1, 2017.  The 2017 SDC Steering Committee election uses BallotBin.com, and Bob Coats of the SDC Steering Committee is the administrator of the election process. All SDC Lead agencies should have received an e-mail through BallotBin.com to cast their vote. While the votes are confidential, the administrator can tell which voters on the email list have voted. If you have questions about the voting process, please contact Bob (bob.coats@osbm.nc.gov)

2016 Steering Committee Elections

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Elections have now begun for the State Data Center Steering Committee. SDC lead agencies are allowed to cast the lone ballot for their areas. There are six candidates on this year’s ballot, and the lead agency may vote for three.

Each candidate has answered 4 questions about their vision for the SDC Steering Committee. You may see their responses by clicking on their names.

Voting will end at midnight, EST, on Friday, February 12, 2016.  The 2016 SDC Steering Committee election uses BallotBin.com, and Amy Bittner of the SDC Steering Committee is the administrator of the election process. All SDC Lead agencies should have received an e-mail through BallotBin.com to cast their vote. While the votes are confidential, the administrator can tell which voters on the email list have voted. If you have questions about the voting process, please contact Amy (amy.bittner@wyo.gov)

Call for Steering Committee Nominations

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It’s time again for SDC Steering Committee elections. 

Are you looking for an exciting challenge that can enhance your knowledge of the Census Bureau and help shape the future direction of the State Data Center (SDC) program? Nominate yourself (or someone else, with their approval) to the SDC Steering Committee.  All representatives from lead and coordinating agencies are invited to stand for office.  The current Steering Committee has membership from large and small states; north, east, south, west, and places in between; lead and coordinating agencies; and men and women.

In order to have an election, we need YOU!  SDC Steering Committee nominations are now open. With this call for nominations, please consider the contribution you can make by filling one of the three seats that will be open this year!

Nominations are due by January 15, 2016.  Each nominee should submit a brief description (two to four sentences) of him/herself and concise answers to the following questions:

1) What do you think the primary role of the Steering Committee is or should be?

2) What would your primary goal(s) be as a member?

3) What is your vision for the SDC network for 2017 and beyond?

4) What do you think the SDC network can do to add value to Census data?

Please e-mail your nomination and responses to the above questions to Amy Bittner (amy.bittner@wyo.gov).

How The Steering Committee is Constituted

Your SDC Steering Committee consists of nine members. Each has a three-year term. Three members rotate off every year and three are elected. An incumbent may serve two consecutive terms, after which the member must wait two years before becoming eligible to run again for the Steering Committee. Elections are held typically 30-60 days before the annual meeting. (The 2016 annual meeting is the week of April 4-8).  Term of office begins with t the commencement of the annual meeting. Representatives from a lead or a coordinating agency are eligible to run for the Steering Committee.

Voting

The Steering Committee elections will begin in January. Every state has one ballot. Lead agencies are encouraged to get consensus from their coordinating and affiliate agencies about their vote, because there is only ONE ballot per state and territory.

If you have any comments or questions about the SDC Steering Committee election process, please feel free to contact any other member of the Steering Committee.  A complete listing of current Steering Committee members can be found at https://sdcclearinghouse.com/steering-committee/ 

 

2011 Steering Committee Election Results

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The 2011 SDC Steering Committee election results:

  •  Sue Copella (PA)
  •  Leonard Gaines (NY)
  •  Randy Gustafson (TN)

These three individuals were elected to serve on the 9-member SDC Steering Committee. 

The Steering Committee would like to thank all of the candidates that were nominated for the committee.

 

 

2011 Steering Committee Elections

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Elections have now begun for the State Data Center Steering Committee. SDC lead agencies are allowed to cast the lone ballot for their areas. There are five candidates on this year’s ballot, and the lead agency may vote for three.

(Note: 27 states have voted as of August 19)

Each candidate has answered 4 questions about their vision for the SDC Steering Committee. You may see their responses by clicking on their names.

Voting will end at 12:00 noon, EST, on Friday, September 2, 2011. Voters who have not completed their ballots by 12:00 noon, EST, on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 will receive a reminder email notice. The 2011 SDC Steering Committee election uses BallotBin.com, and Bob Coats of the SDC Steering Committee is the administrator of the election process. While the votes are confidential, the administrator can tell which voters on the email list have voted. If you have questions about the voting process, please contact Bob Coats (Bob.Coats@osbm.nc.gov)

Steering Committee Election Results

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The steering committee would like to thank all of the candidates that were nominated for the committee.   The three new members to steering committee will be:

  • Warren Brown (Georgia)
  • Bob Coats (North Carolina)
  • Clifford Holley (Mississippi)