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May 2018

2018 Elections – It’s Quick and Easy to Vote!

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There are many ways to help grow the actuarial profession, including volunteer work, continuing professional development, and issuing public statements. But voting in the elections is the fastest and easiest way to have your voice heard.

Let’s Increase Member Participation

Each year, some 30 percent of Institute members exercise their right to vote. When we consider the statistics from past years, we see a gap in voting habits between new and long-standing members. Members who obtained their Fellowship during the past decade are less likely to vote (22 percent) as members who obtained their designation 20 or more years ago (35 percent).

There are various explanations for this disparity. While it may be tempting to attribute it to a lack of political commitment on the part of millennials—a  much maligned generation, to be sure—it is more likely that young actuaries simply think they don’t have the time, what with the demands of starting their careers while having to juggle family responsibilities.

For Joseph Kazibwe, new Fellow and Chair of the New Members Committee, voting is not only crucial but it’s also a practical way to get involved. “It is an effective method of influencing the priorities and focus of the CIA for the next 12 months through electing candidates who share our ideologies,” he says.  

The members of the Elections Committee are doing their best to make voting as easy as possible. Below is a step-by-step guide to help you cast your vote in an informed manner.

Reminder: the President-elect was elected by acclamation, and eight candidates are vying for four Director positions.

It Takes Very Little Time Vote!

Step 1: Learn about the candidates. Read their biographies and their position statements in the members’ section of the website (you will need to login).

Step 2: Explore the candidates’ original ideas and solutions in response to three important questions posed by members.

Step 3: Vote! Starting at noon on Wednesday, May 2, you can access your electronic ballot. Voting closes on Wednesday, May 23 at 3 p.m. Mark your calendar!

You care about your profession, so take a few minutes to vote. It’s the easiest way to become involved and to ensure that the Institute’s priorities are in line with your own.

To learn more about the elections, check out the CIA Elections Rules of Procedure.


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