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Board Election

2022 Election

Starting in April, IRE will begin accepting applications for candidates for the IRE Board of Directors and for judges for the IRE Awards. This year, seven of the board’s 13 seats are up for election. 

In addition to candidates for the board of directors, the ballot also will include candidates for two seats on IRE’s Contest Committee (one-year term), which judges the IRE Awards. Those interested in judging will apply using the same procedure as IRE Board candidates and will be selected on the same ballot. Contest Committee candidates’ information will also be available on the IRE website, but they do not participate in the board candidates forum.

Meet the Candidates

About the Board of Directors

The board serves as the governing body of IRE and generally meets twice a year in person and several times via Zoom to discuss and vote on IRE business. One of the in-person meetings is at the annual IRE Conference.

Directors serve on committees and task forces made up of board members and appointed non-board IRE members.

The seats are for two-year terms, and incumbents may seek re-election to the board. A board position is unpaid; board members and their news organizations are expected to pay all, or a substantial amount, of travel expenses to in-person board meetings. IRE will provide limited help in cases of need. Candidates must be IRE members in the professional or academic category.

Board members are expected to help raise funds and contribute financial or other resources to the organization.

To learn more about being on the IRE Board, please view the below Q&A from April 13.

2022 Board Election Schedule

Seven of the board’s 13 seats are up for election

  • April 4 – Period to declare candidacy for the IRE Board begins
  • April 13 (6:30 p.m. ET) Q&A webinar
  • May 10 – NEW! Deadline for candidates to file and submit election materials
  • May 13 – All candidates’ materials will be posted online
  • June 7 – Voting begins; ballot sent out first time
  • June 14 – Ballot sent out second time to those who haven’t voted including new members
  • June 21 – Ballot sent out third time to those who haven’t voted including new members
  • June 25, Noon MDT – deadline for joining or renewing to vote
  • June 25, 6 p.m. MDT – deadline for voting
  • June 25 – Voting results are announced following membership meeting; newly elected board members take office immediately

How to Declare Candidacy

IRE Board of Directors

The submitted materials will be posted to the IRE website.

The submitted materials will be posted to the IRE website.

Membership requirements of candidates and nominators: All candidates and nominators must have a current membership through July 1, 2022.

  1. Board candidates should submit the following by email to election@ire.org starting April 4, 2022:
  • A photo
  • A candidacy statement/bio limited to 500 words. Statement/bio submissions exceeding 500 words will be cut at the 500-word limit. Candidacy statements should include answers to the following questions:
    • How would you work to improve diversity, equity and inclusion within IRE? If you are an incumbent, please also address your work on this as an existing board member.
    • Please describe a specific challenge you believe IRE faces and how you would address it if elected.
  • A separate list with the following information:
    • Current position
    • Prior experience
    • IRE experience, including conferences and workshops attended and committee service
    • Expertise
    • Related links (optional)
    • Issues you would like to address as a board member 
  1. Each board candidate must be nominated and seconded by current IRE members via email. Candidates should ask the two people nominating them to email a short statement (up to 150 words) of support to election@ire.org
  2. Ahead of the polls opening, each candidate is encouraged to submit a candidate statement video of up to two minutes. The video should be submitted as a Vimeo or Youtube link, and IRE encourages closed captioning in video submissions. Interested candidates may view an onboarding webinar to better understand the responsibilities of a board member and the dos and don'ts of being a board member.
Contest Committee

See the above calendar for deadlines on candidate filing, posting candidate profiles online and voting. Please note that contest committee appointments are one-year terms. 

Contest Committee candidates must submit a photo and short bio. Nominations are not required to run for the Contest Committee. Submit your photo and bio by email: election@ire.org.

Contest Committee candidates’ information will also be available on the IRE website, but they do not participate in the forum for board candidates.

Voting

Voting privileges are granted to the professional (including international), academic, student and retiree membership categories. Associate members do not have voting privileges. Your membership must be current through July 1 of the election year. Electronic ballots will be sent to the primary e-mail as listed in your membership profile.

Election Q&A

When will voting open?

Voting will begin June 7.

When does voting close?

Voting ends on June 25 at 6 p.m. (MDT).

How do I know who the candidates are?

Candidate profiles will be posted to IRE's website in the coming weeks.

Will I get to meet the candidates?

At the conference, there will be an in-person meet-and-greet session starting at 6:15 p.m. Friday, June 24, at the Gaylord Rockies. It will start with each candidate giving a speech of 2-3 minutes, followed by an informal gathering where members can visit with the candidates, ask questions and chat.

Do nominators give speeches?

No. Nominators no longer will speak at the conference. They only are required to submit a statement to be published with the candidate’s information online. Only the candidates will speak at the meet-and-greet session at the conference.

Who can vote in this election?

Voting is open to members whose membership is current through July 1, 2022, and whose member type is Professional, Academic, Student or Retiree.  Associate members do not have voting privileges.

Where do I go online to vote?

Ballots will be sent to the primary e-mail listed in your membership profile. For information on the email address on file, you can log into your member profile at www.ire.org, email ballots@ire.org or call 573-882-2042.

How do I know to what e-mail address my ballot will be sent?

Current members will receive their ballot at their primary email address on file with IRE. For information on the email address on file, you can log into your member profile at www.ire.org, email ballots@ire.org or call 573-882-2042.

I can’t get that page to open/the link doesn’t work.

Please send an email to ballots@ire.org.

I did not get the email telling me it was time to vote, what do I do?

Please send an email to ballots@ire.org.

If I am joining or renewing, how soon will I receive my ballot?

​Starting June 7, new or returning members (Professional, Academic, ​Student ​or Retiree) will receive a ballot on the Tuesday following processing of the membership. Ballots will be sent out every Tuesday of the voting period: June 7, June 14 and June 21. If you do not receive your ballot, please email ballots@ire.org.

If I join or renew my membership during the original conference dates, when will I be able to vote?

Beginning June 22 until noon June 25, new or renewing members (Professional, Academic, Student or Retiree) will receive a ballot the day they join or renew. If you do not receive your ballot, please email ballots@ire.org.

What is the latest time I can join or renew and still receive a ballot?

Any new member or renewal applications must be submitted for processing by noon MDT on Saturday, June 25, to be eligible for voting.

How do I know I voted?

Once you click the submit button on your ballot, you are asked to verify that your choices are correct. Then, you will receive a voting receipt.

I didn’t get a confirmation that my vote went through.

Ballot receipts are sent to the primary e-mail as listed in your membership file.

If I can’t find it the email, can I submit a paper ballot?

No, all voting must be done electronically. Ballots will be sent to the primary e-mail as listed in your membership profile.

What if I made a mistake and need to go back to the ballot?

You can only vote once; votes cannot be resubmitted or changed.

How do we know who won?

Winners will be announced after the IRE annual membership meeting Saturday, June 25. Results will be posted online and via social media later that evening.

When will officers be elected?

A meeting of the new board to elect officers will take place within 10 days after the membership meeting. The board elects the president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and at-large officer. Results will be posted online and via social media after the meeting.

I forgot to vote and now it says it’s closed; what do I do?

Unfortunately, it’s too late. Reminders will be sent to the primary e-mail listed on your membership file. IRE is not responsible for undeliverable or bad e-mail addresses.

Is it Mac friendly?

Yes! The voting platform is a web-based system. 

What happens if not enough people file by the deadline for the number of seats available?

The board will hold a meeting to confirm the candidates who did file by the deadline and those candidates will be elected by acclamation. Staff will notify the membership via email about the remaining open seats. Candidates will have one week to file and submit the necessary materials. Candidates’ materials will be posted on the IRE website as soon as possible but no later than May 20. This election will follow the same schedule as outlined above. 

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