How to Join an IEEE Balloting Group


The IEEE balloting process in open to all who want to participate.  Those that are IEEE members and members of the IEEE Standards Association can join for free the balloting pool on any IEEE standard developed under the individual mode, where individuals, not companies, develop and approve the standard. Those that are not members can still ballot on the standard, but by paying a fee that is considerably greater than the membership dues added together.  IEEE members can join the Standards Association for a fee of $43 at this time.  ARRL is encouraging Amateurs that are IEEE members to take this additional step and participate in the balloting of the IEEE P1775 BPL EMC Standard.


After joining the Standards Association, members can join the balloting pool for any IEEE standard.  This is a right that strengthens the IEEE consensus standards process, but also a responsibility for the person joining the pool. The most obvious part of that responsibility is that the balloter must vote. Surprisingly, some people join the balloting pool, then never cast a vote on the standard.  To have a successful ballot, 75% of those that join the pool must vote and sometimes, a ballot fails because insufficient people voted.  That is unfortunate, requiring that the volunteers who work on standards do additional work to extend the balloting period and to remind people that they have a responsibility to vote.


When balloting, the voter must vote in a fair and balanced way.  The entire purpose of developing standards is to have standards that have the support of a broad range of stakeholders.  While a balloter should represent his or her interests as a stakeholder in the content of the standard, he or she should also consider the needs of the scientific discipline the standard represents and the fact that the needs of other stakeholders must also be included in the standard.  A negative vote should be accompanied by comments in the ballot that explain just why the balloter is voting negative and what changes could be made to the standard to cause him or her to change the vote to approve the standard.


The IEEE sets a high bar for the approval of standards. Of those that vote, 75% must vote to approve the standard. Even if a standard passes, a reasonable effort must be made to resolve any negative ballots or any comments received as part of the ballot.  This is only possible for votes that are accompanied by specific reasons for the negative ballot.  A comment that simply said “I don’t want to see this become a standard” is not resolvable and the IEEE would accept that non resolution as reasonable, for example.



How to join the IEEE Standards Association


1) Point your browser to the IEEE-SA Membership site.


2) Click on Individual Membership button. (There is also a Corporate Membership button and a comparison chart. For questions, there’s a FAQs page. Standards Association dues for IEEE Members are $43 annually and for non-Members are $212 annually.


3) Click Apply Now to view the Individual Membership Application page where you’ll be given these two choices:

Current IEEE Members

Click here to add the Standards Association membership to your existing IEEE membership

Log into your IEEE Account (note - you must log into your account to see the Member and Affiliate Price)

Click on Membership tab (top of the screen)

Click on IEEE Standards Association (under the heading Join IEEE and related IEEE professional organizations)

Click on Add to Cart then View Cart / Proceed to Checkout



How to join “My Ballot”


The next step to join the balloting pool is to join the IEEE “My Ballot” process.


If you are an SA member, to sign up to be invited to joint a ballot, first point your browser to the IEEE Standards Association website. Click on the IEEE-SA Member Area button. Click the Standards Development tab at the top of the page to see links for various areas of the organization. Next, click on myProject to log on to your IEEE Web Account and manage your Standards projects, including myBallot.


Enter your Username and Password for your IEEE Web Account in the windows and click Login. (If you have never registered for the IEEE web site, there is a link on the page that lets you create an account.)  NOTE:  Both the ID and password are case sensitive, so if you use upper case in either field, make sure to remember it.


You will be shown the myProjectMy Info page where you can fill in some required details about yourself down the page and click OK.  Next, you will see a myProject™ welcome screen with your name and Standards Association PIN number.  Print this page out for your records!


Click on Manage Activity Profile to see all the IEEE Societies listed alphabetically as shown. You will enroll at the yellow Project level in the next step.  (You can also check the higher-level boxes to receive invitations to ballot on all standards in that interest area.)




-- What you are Enrolling in --



Enrollment as an interested party in general work of committee or
indicating an interest in being notified on Ballot Invitations for all
projects in a WG or all projects in a Sponsor.

           Working Group




Enrollment as interested party in the detailed technical work of the
committee and as a member in the specific Project's Ballot.




Scroll down to IEEE Power & Energy Society, then Power System Communications sponsor level (blue), then the Powerline Communication Equipment Working Group (green), then down to Standard for Powerline Communication Equipment - Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Requirements - Testing and Measurement Methods (yellow). Check the box for this document as shown below.




IEEE Power & Energy Society




Energy Development & Power Generation


J Agee


Electric Machinery


Innocent Kamwa


Insulated Conductors


John Merando


Nuclear Power Engineering


Paul Yanosy


Power System Analysis, Computing, and Economics Committee


Andrew Ford


Power System Communications


Percy Pool


Information Security Risk Assessment Working Group


Frances Cleveland


Broadband over Power Line Working Group


Terrence Burns


Power-Line Carrier Line-Tuning Equipment Working Group


R Ray


Powerline Communication Equipment Working Group


Aron Viner


Standard for Powerline Communication Equipment - Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Requirements - Testing and Measurement Methods


Aron Viner


Next, click on Continue to confirm your interest area. You should see the PE/PSC/PLCEMC-WG/1775 designator. Type in your affiliation (employer) and click Continue. You will see a confirmation screen showing you enrolled as an Interested Party in this committee’s work.


Click on My Info, then Affiliation Information to confirm your being signed up in this interest area.  When the balloting pool for the IEEE P1775 BPL EMC standard is being formed, you will receive an email inviting you to participate in the balloting pool.


If anyone has questions about the process to sign up to join the balloting pool for the P1775 standard, contact Ed Hare,


How to Join the P1775 Balloting Pool


Here are the instructions from the IEEE on how to join the balloting pool. 


Go directly to:

Or, follow this process:

1. Log onto myProject; click the link for myBallot.
2. Click the link for myBallot Control Panel (if applicable); click the link for "Show/Join Open Ballot Invitations":
3. Scroll down until you find the open ballot group of interest to you; then scroll over to the right margin and click “join” under the “Actions” column.
4. Select a classification category and click “OK” at the bottom of the screen. You will receive an on-screen confirmation that you successfully joined the group.

If you are not an IEEE SA Member, you can either enroll in a single ballot by paying a per-ballot fee or you can join the IEEE SA by choosing an option link below. Joining the IEEE SA entitles you to participate in as many sponsor ballots as you like for the year.

OPTION 1 - I am already an IEEE Member and I want to add Standards Association Membership. Go to:
OPTION 2 - I am not an IEEE Member but would like to enroll in both IEEE and IEEE Standards Association. Go to:
OPTION 3 - I am not interested in becoming an IEEE Member, however I would like to enroll as a Standards Association Member only. Go to:

Balloting group members are selected to vote on the acceptability of a new or revised standard, or on the reaffirmation of a published standard submitted by the Sponsor; based on interest in and commitment to reviewing and voting on a specific existing or proposed standard.

Once the document is ready to be balloted, you will receive notification via email. You will typically have 30 days to review the document and return the ballot with your vote. By agreeing to participate in this ballot you have an *obligation* to respond. Failure to return a completed ballot may disqualify you from participating in future ballots.



ARRL’s perspective:


It is important that IEEE ballots be balanced, so no category of stakeholders will dominate the ballot.  Normally, those who sign up for a balloting pool self select their broad category, from a producer of equipment that the standard covers, a user of the standard, general interest, academic or government.  The IEEE can also add other categories. In this case they did so, and one of the categories is “licensed radio user.”  Before the draft is sent to ballot, the IEEE and sponsoring Societies would look at the balance and if there are too many participants in any one category, the group is not balanced. The IEEE will then seek to balance the balloting pool, by seeking other participants, or determining if some in the pool could legitimately cast a vote from the perspective of a different category.


In selecting a category, you should consider what perspective you will use in voting on the standard.  Although you may be licensed, as are some in the BPL and power industries, that may not be your primary focus in what will shape your vote, so you may feel that a different category best represents your perspective.  Those that will use the standard to make measurements, for compliance, or as part of interference assessment or for any of the other areas that the standard will cover, could ballot from the perspective of being a user.  Those that may feel that the BPL industry has done a good job at resolving Amateur Radio interference, but not a good job for shortwave listening may not be balloting as a licensed user at all, so in that case, a general interest category could be appropriate.  It is important that those joining a balloting pool choose their categories to help achieve good and proper balance in the pool, but in a way that best represents their interest in the standard.


The IEEE also asks voters to name their “affiliation.” This, too, helps achieve balance.  In general, affiliation indicates the entity that has invested financially in the participation and interest of the voter. In the case of ARRL staff, the League paid staff time and travel for participation, so ARRL is clearly the affiliate of ARRL staff.  However, this generally would not extend to ARRL members.  ARRL will not track the votes of licensed hams that participate, nor will that vote affect in any way the membership of the voter, so ARRL is not an affiliating agency as defined above. Voters that work for a non-related company also should probably not list that company as an affiliate, because that employer has no direct interest in the BPL standard.  People that feel they do not have an affiliation that has financially supported their participation or that exercises some direct control over how they will vote can use the “write-in” portion of the affiliation-entry screen to write in “Self” or “Retired” or whatever best describes their participation accurately and fairly.


If any Amateurs have questions or difficulty in signing up to participate in this ballot, they can contact Ed Hare,, 860-594-0318, in the ARRL Lab, or contact the IEEE for instructions and help.