Those of us assembled here in Dallas for the ICC Group A Code Hearings learned yesterday that the ICC Board of Directors has added a third Code Change Cycle for 2014 for a single code. This additional cycle will be used to pilot a remote voting process. The single code it will be applied to will be the IgCC.
There are a lot of questions about just how a remote voting process would work. This is amplified by the fact that it is anticipated it will include what is being referred to as “a flexible voting window” for those who are voting remotely. Due to this, the results on any proposal or public comment will not be immediately known. We won’t know the final results of the voting until after the “flexible voting window” has closed and the total votes (from the voting members at the hearings plus those submitted remotely) have been tallied and presented to all those concerned.
The point was made during yesterday’s presentation that the ICC process has been an evolving process since its inception. 15 years ago each legacy code agency had their own independent process. Over those years the ICC process has come into being, as it is today. We can anticipate that in 15 years it will again look quite different than it does at this time.