Recirculating a Standard
The IEEE Standards ballot recirculation process for draft standards.
When is the recirculation of a ballot necessary?
A recirculation ballot is necessary when there are unresolved negative comments on the original ballot, or any technical or substantive changes have been made to the draft.
Who does a recirculation of a ballot get distributed to?
When a recirculation ballot is opened, the entire balloting group has the opportunity to review the comments, responses and the changed portions of the document.
Can a balloter change their vote once it has been submitted?
While the ballot period is open, balloters can change their votes from negative to affirmative or vice versa.
For closed ballots, balloters can change their votes from negative to affirmative or vice versa during a recirculation by waiting until the recirculation ballot opens. In the absence of a recirculation ballot, the balloter can send an email to the Standards Committee advising that his/her vote has changed.
What constitutes a new negative after recirculation?
It is up to the working group ballot resolution committee to decide whether or not a negative comment is new or an iteration of a previous comment. Remember, during a recirculation ballot, balloters can only vote on the changed portion of the document and on any unresolved negative comments.
When must the Standards Committee initiate an additional recirculation?
If new negatives with comments are received on changes to the draft being recirculated, or if technical changes were made to the draft as a result of the previous recirculation, the Standards Committee must initiate an additional recirculation.