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ASTM--November Missive

Posted By Victor Hertz, Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that 2017 has simply flown by. And, though it may seem hard to believe, November is well underway, with the holiday season just around the corner.

But, before we can break out the turkey (to say nothing of the holly and mistletoe), ALC must take part in observing another November rite of passage: heading to the polls.

And what an election season it’s been! I’m of course referring to the ASTM ballot on new standards for language companies. As of today, we have passed the second of our three hurdles to adopting the new standard, but we have one more ballot to go.

First, the very good news: on the recent ballot, we received more than 60% participation of all eligible voters—in fact, we hit a high water mark of 84.62% participation in our subcommittee and 75.51% in the full committee. More importantly, we achieved the required 90% affirmative voting totals for both groups, with 95.23% affirmative in the subcommittee and 93.75% in the main committee. Congratulations to all my friends in ALC for a job well done!

Now we face a new (and no less important) third ballot regarding four outstanding negative votes. As you may know, ASTM’s procedures require these negative responses be found Non-Persuasive or to be withdrawn for us to adopt the standard. Once this vote succeeds, the standard may—after six years and counting—become a vehicle for enhancing professionalism in our industry.

If and when you receive notification of the new ballot, please consider voting to find the negative comments Non-Persuasive.

Meanwhile, I draw your attention to a second ballot and ask you to support three of our very own ALC members, Kathleen Diamond, Steve Lank, and Bryan Montpetit, for the Executive Committee of ASTM F43.  

The ballot will be open and accepting votes on the web until Tuesday  November 22, 2017. Please review the ballot sent directly to you and submit your vote before the closing date. We are not able to provide a link for this ballot because each link is personalized to your account.

As always, if you have any questions regarding your eligibility and/or details of the ballot, please feel free to reach out to me by email at

I also wanted to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.

I’m looking forward to joining you all in taking major steps forward as we move into 2018.

Respectfully submitted,


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