Future Worldcons are voted on two years prior in a process called Site Selection. Our vote will be in August 2020 as part of that year’s Worldcon. The members of the 2020 Worldcon in New Zealand will be the ones voting in Site Selection that year.

In order to vote for us, you will need to purchase a membership, either supporting (non-attending) or attending. Site Selection can be done by mail or at the New Zealand Worldcon. You can purchase your membership in the New Zealand Worldcon HERE.

The final Site Selection ballot will be distributed six months or so prior to the 2020 Worldcon. If you have supported our bid, we’ll also be sending you an email to let you know voting is open.

In order to vote, you will pay a voting fee. This fee goes directly to the winning bid and provides you automatically with a supporting (non-attending) membership in the 2022 Worldcon, regardless of who you voted for on the ballot. The winning bid receives a list of everyone who voted, but your actual vote is completely anonymous.

If Chicago is fortunate enough to win, if you vote in Site Selection and you supported our bid at a Friend level or higher, you will automatically have an attending membership in the 2022 Chicago Worldcon.

If you voted but did not support the bid at that level, then you will need to pay a conversion fee to get an attending membership.

The voting fee and conversion rates are yet to be determined. More information will be available when the ballot is released in 2022.

In summary, here are the steps for voting in Site Selection:

  1. Purchase a membership (supporting or attending) for the 2020 Worldcon in New Zealand.
  2. (optional) Pre-support the Chicago in 2022 Bid at a Friend level or higher if you want to automatically convert to an attending membership should we win.
  3. Watch your email in February 2020 for news from us and from the New Zealand Worldcon that Site Selection voting is open.
  4. Vote in Site Selection, either by mail, by sending your ballot to New Zealand with someone, or voting in person in New Zealand.

Questions? Please contact us and we’ll be happy to answer them.