2016 ICCF Online Proposal and Voting System

Tuesday, April 12, 2016: Version 1 – April 11, 2016


As tested for the 2015 Congress and approved by the 2015 Congress, the ICCF online proposal and voting system have been developed, tested, and now implemented on the ICCF webserver.



Where do I access this system?


ICCF Congresses

2016 Bremen – Proposals



Who can submit a proposal?

ICCF Officials (members of the Executive Board and Management Committee)

ICCF Delegates



Who can see the proposals?

Anybody with a valid ICCF username and password.



Who can comment on ICCF proposals?

The same people authorized to submit proposals.



What is the deadline for submitting proposals?

May 9, 2016



Why is the deadline so early?

This allows proposals to be submitted to respective committees, commissions, and other responsible officials for analysis, consideration, comments, and recommendations.



Where is the online voting system?

Online voting will start July 5, 2016 (see the list of deadlines below) and will continue to end of August 8, 2016. This will allow time to prepare for Congress.



Do I have to vote online?

Nope – this is just an option for those delegates that cannot attend, cannot find a suitable delegate designee, or would rather not entrust the wishes of their players to a proxy.



Will online votes be visible?

No, all online votes are confidential and will only be revealed after the vote has been called and recorded at Congress.



Can any proposal be submitted – even silly one?

Nope – a special EB committee has been formed to ensure proposals are complete and valid. If not, they are returned to the submitter with comments. Also, the proposal submission form has been beefed up with additional fields that should limit the number of frivolous proposals.



I made a comment to a proposal – why do I not see it?

All comments are reviewed by the select EB committee, and comments may be approved for posting or rejected if inappropriate.


Deadlines to 2016 Congress


Deadlines Timelines to 2016 Congress


Deadlines+ for Congress – 2016 (Bremen, Germany)

+ dead-line (noun)

dead.line [‘ded,lain] (dead.lines)

Time limit – the time by which something must be done or completed


Most etymologists agree that the word “deadline” first appeared during the American Civil War (1861-1865).

According to author Christine Ammer, deadline was coined at the hellish Andersonville, GA prison camp, and first appeared in writing in the report of Confederate Inspector-General, Colonel D.T. Chandler, on July 5, 1864. In describing the horrific conditions, he famously wrote:


The Federal prisoners of war are confined within a stockade 15 feet high, of roughly hewn pine logs, about 8 inches in diameter, inserted 5 feet into the ground, enclosing, including the recent extension, an area of 540 by 260 yards. A railing around the inside of the stockade, and about 20 feet from it, constitutes the “deadline,” beyond which the prisoners are not allowed to pass . . . [as a large portion is] at present unfit for occupation . . . [this] gives somewhat less than 6 square feet to each prisoner . . .


An even earlier writing of the term in an inspection report on Andersonville from Confederate Captain Walter Bowie on May 10, 1864:


On the inside of the stockade and twenty feet from it there is a dead-line established, over which no prisoner is allowed to go, day or night, under penalty of being shot.


An October 31, 1865 Report of the Secretary of War that was introduced in the Trial of Henry Wirz (the prison keeper at Andersonville):


And he, the said Wirz, still wickedly pursuing his evil purpose, did establish and cause to be designated within the prison enclosures containing said prisoners a “dead line,” being a line around the inner face of the stockade or wall enclosing said prison and about twenty feet distant from and within said stockade; and so established said dead line, which was in many places an imaginary line, in many other places marked by insecure and shifting strips of [boards nailed] upon the tops of small and insecure stakes or posts, he, the said Wirz, instructed the prison guard stationed around the top of said stockade to fire upon and kill any of the prisoners aforesaid who might touch, fall upon, pass over or under [or] across said “dead line” . . .


Tasks (weeks before Congress)



Congress Documents (T-20)

March 28, 2016

Congress invitations and programme are distributed.

Proposals Deadline


May 9, 2016

All proposals to be considered for the 2016 Congress voting must be submitted to the General Secretary (via the online system) by either a National Delegate or ICCF Official.

Delegate and substitute delegate selections due (T-6)

July 4, 2016

All Delegates, Honorary Presidents, and Honorary Members must register as voting members with the ICCF General Secretary. No voting member will be accepted after this deadline.

Officials Reports Due (T-6)

July 4, 2016

All EB/MC Reports due to the General Secretary for Distribution

Online voting for proposals begins (T-6)

July 5, 2016

Delegates may now submit online votes for approved proposals.

Voting Member Distribution


July 18, 2016

The ICCF General Secretary will distribute to the Member Federation Delegates the list of voting members attending Congress.

Proxy Nominations Due (T-2)

August 1, 2016

Member Federations wishing to assign a proxy must send their written declaration to the ICCF General Secretary. No new proxy nominations or change in proxy nominations will be accepted after this deadline.



August 1, 2016

Officials responsible for collecting medals/certificates of players/teams will be identified.

Proposal Voting


August 8, 2016

Deadline to enter online votes for any/all proposals closes.

Voting Member and Proxy Distributions


August 8, 2016

The list of voting members and proxies will be distributed by the ICCF General Secretary.

EB/MC Meetings

August 14, 2016

EB/MC Meeting starts the day before Congress.

Congress Starts


August 15, 2016

Full Congress starts on August 15





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