Annual Election of ACM@UIOWA - Spring 2021

This Post Last Updated: Thursday, April 8, 2021



Watch Candidate Introductions

Here, the candidates are listed in alphabetical order. They will be randomized on the ballot.

Position Nominee Nominee Nominee Nominee
President Michael Martin Pass      
Vice President Melissa Krumm Michael Martin Pass    
Secretary-Treasurer Melissa Krumm Michael Martin Pass    
Webmaster Melissa Krumm Thomas Nguyen Zhongxiang Wang Michael Martin Pass
Events Chair Michael Martin Pass      


Melissa Krumm: Hello, I am Melissa Krumm and I am majoring in computer science! I am class of 2023, and I’m running because I want experience in being a leader! Along with that, I’d like the responsibility that this role will bring for me. I’d like to be a part of a team that inspires change.

Thomas Nguyen: My name is Thomas and I am currently a sophomore majoring in Computer Science here at Iowa. I want to be an officer not only because I heard some good things about the opportunities ACM can provide from a former Webmaster/President but also because I want to improve ACM's web presence along with gaining leadership skills and being exposed to things beyond my schoolwork in Computer Science. I would like to run for the Webmaster role because I have experience running social media, I managed a clothing brand's Instagram and grew it to ~600 followers within a few months, and I have experience with graphic design, video editing, and photography, which I think would be a major benefit to managing media for ACM. I should be able to introduce myself at the meeting. Also, next year I will be balancing another executive position and I don't think I could succeed as well in any other position while still being able to keep up with classes. Thank you and hope to speak to you again soon!

Zhongxiang Wang: I am a junior majoring in computer science and mathematics. The main reason for applying for this position is that I want to know more about this direction and know more about the operation of the website. I have some knowledge of running websites myself, and I am now managing the website of CSSA. But not many, so I want to try to understand. I have good communication skills and learning ability.

Michael Martin Pass: Because I highly believe in the work that ACM does as an organization. After doing my internship with Tesla in Palo Alto, I met plenty of ACM members and saw the great work that they ACM members were doing and how they used ACM for networking. I believe that Iowa deserves a high quality ACM chapter, on par with IEEE that I am currently involved with.

Nominations close on Wednesday, April 2nd at 11:59PM

Voting will be held via an online form that will be sent to each member's email on Thursday, April 9th with the deadline to vote being Friday, April 9th at 11:59PM. Results will be announced no later than Monday, April 12th. 

Election Protocol

Approved by the ACM@UIOWA Officers on Thursday, March 25th, 2021

Annual Election - NEED TO KNOW DETAILS

WHEN:  Thursday, April 8th through Friday, April 9th at 11:59PM

WHERE: online via form sent by email

WHAT: Elections for the five ACM@UIOWA officer positions: President, Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer, Webmaster, and Events Chair. These are year-long positions, and will be held from Fall 2021 - Spring 2022. More info can be found in the ACM@UIOWA Constitution. More information on the positions can be found here.


WHO CAN RUN: All CS and CSE students are eligible to run in the election. 

Note: The ACM@UIOWA Constitution allows for a unanimous veto by current Officers of any nomination for President. This can be appealed to the Chapter Sponsor, who can override it if deemed cruel or vindictive. All other nominations are fair game to eligible candidates.

HOW TO RUN: A nomination form will be sent via email. It is possible to run for multiple positions. Be prepared to either submit a written speech or recorded video that will be displayed next to your name on the internet ballot. Here is the form for this year.



VOTING: ACM@UIOWA will be utilizing instant-runoff elections, which involves ranking candidates in order of preference. The process mimics a series of runoff elections, with the bottom candidate being removed each time. All ballots will be secret. 


WINNING: Following the process of instant-runoff elections, the first candidate to reach 50%+1 of votes cast in a round of voting will be declared the winner.

For a simple answer, you can stop reading here, but there are some complications we need to cover in case they come up.

ROUNDS OF VOTING: Votes for all positions being voted on will be cast simultaneously, and when voting closes, tallied simultaneously. The first round of voting will involve all positions, by default. Once the final results are calculated, the results for all positions - including any voting redistribution - will be publicly announced simultaneously. All Winners will either accept/decline their positions. Any positions which are yet unfilled at the end of the round, will proceed to a new round involving simultaneous re-tallying, which will include special conditions based on the nature of the re-tally (see: Special Results)

SPECIAL RESULT - CANDIDATE WINS MULTIPLE POSITIONS: If a candidate wins multiple positions, they will be allowed to accept whichever position they wish to fill, but will not (purposefully) be informed of the consequences (i.e. who will win the other position in their stead). For elections they won but did not accept, the instant runoff procedure will be re-run, but with a redistribution of their votes in the first round. For elections they lost, their votes will only be redistributed if the procedure has to be re-run because of another Special Result (i.e. once someone "wins" and "accepts" a position, they cannot unwin it).

SPECIAL RESULT - TIE: In the event of a tie, the final two candidates will be re-voted on. If the tie persists a second time, the President will cast, change, or rescind their vote (depending if they voted or did not) based on the advice of their Officers, effectively deciding the election. 

SPECIAL RESULT - CANDIDATE DECLINES: If a candidate declines the position they won, their votes will be redistributed in a new round of instant runoff procedure.

IN THE EVENT OF VACANCIES FOLLOWING THE ANNUAL ELECTION: Nominations for a Special Election will open immediately, and eligibility will be extended to all who achieve ACM@UIOWA Member status by the day of the election. Voting eligibility will likewise be extended. If such a scenario arises, more details will be promulgated by the day following the regular election.