Voting has started for the 2022 World Science Fiction Convention. CoNZealand, the 78th Worldcon, has published information about voting to select the 2022 Worldcon Site Selection ballot on their web site.
Members of CoNZealand are eligible to vote on the site of the 2022 Worldcon upon payment of a NZ$72 Advance Supporting Membership (“Voting”) Fee in the form of a “voting token” that will be available from CoNZealand. This fee purchases a supporting (voting) membership in the 2022 Worldcon, regardless of who wins or how you vote. It is unrelated to any “pre-supporting memberships” (donations paid to any bid committees). The advance supporting membership fees are held in trust by CoNZealand and will be turned over to the winning bid.
Because CoNZealand is being held online only, members can vote only before the convention. Ballots may be sent by e-mailing a signed PDF of their ballot or by conventional paper mail by printing the ballot. Members must purchase a “voting token” from the CoNZealand membership web site using the instructions published with the ballot. No in-person voting will be conducted during the convention.
Update, June 22, 2020: Instructions for purchasing a voting token have been posted to the 2022 Site Selection page. Follow the instructions there to pay your Advance Supporting Membership (Voting) fee/purchase your Voting Token. The process will generate a Confirmation #. Use that number as your Voting Token on your site selection ballot.
CoNZealand must receive postal mail ballots no later than July 13, 2020. CoNZealand must receive scanned/e-mailed ballots no later than July 29, 2020, 12:00 (Noon) New Zealand Time. Because of significant delays to international mail due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CoNZealand strongly encourages members to vote by e-mail if possible, and to vote early if they must vote by paper mail. CoNZealand is not responsible for ballots being lost or delayed in the mail.
Bids for future Worldcons are listed on the Worldcon Bids page. Two bid s qualified for the 2022 Worldcon Site Selection by filing the required documents with CoNZealand: Chicago, Illinois, USA and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. However, World Science Fiction Society (WSFS) rules allow for write-in votes and votes for “None of the Above,” and should no qualified bid receive a majority of the votes cast, the WSFS Business Meeting will select a committee to host the 2022 convention.
The results of the election will be announced at a program item on Friday, July 31, 2020 during CoNZealand, and will be formally received by the WSFS Business Meeting on August 1, 2020.