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Board Election

2021 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, six of the board’s 13 seats are up for election. Two Contest Committee members, who judge the IRE Awards, also will be elected. Board seats are two-year terms while contest committee seats are one-year terms.

The initial filing period for candidates is April 6 – May 7. All candidates filing by this time will appear on the initial ballot when voting begins the week of May 17. Information and video statements from each candidate will be posted online.

Ahead of declaring candidacy, interested candidates will participate in an onboarding webinar to better understand the responsibilities of a board member, the dos and don'ts of being a board member, and have an opportunity to participate in a Q&A. The live webinar will feature past board members. 

As in the past, candidates may join the campaign after the initial filing period. However, voting will have already begun, which could diminish a late-filing candidate’s chances of being elected. Candidates filing after the initial deadline will have their materials posted online two business days after submitting all of the required information. Candidates for the IRE board and the contest committee have the option of joining the race up to 5 p.m. EDT on June 18.

In addition to candidates for the board of directors, the ballot also will include candidates for 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.

About the Board of Directors

The board serves as the governing body of IRE and generally meets in person two times a year to discuss and vote on IRE business. One of the meetings is at the annual IRE Conference. The board periodically has conference calls.

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 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.

Board Election Schedule

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

  • April 6 – Period to declare candidacy for the IRE Board begins
  • May 7 – Deadline for candidates to file to appear on the initial ballot
  • Week of May 17 – Voting period begins, candidate statements posted online
  • June 19 – Voting results are announced; newly elected board members take office immediately and participate in election of officers

How to Declare Candidacy

IRE Board of Directors

The submitted materials will be posted to the IRE website.

1. Board candidates should submit the following by email to election@ire.org starting April 6 :

(These materials will be posted on the IRE website)

  • 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
    • Expertise
    • Related links (optional)
    • Issues you would like to address as a board member 

2. Each candidate must be nominated and seconded by a current IRE member via email. Candidates should ask the two people nominating them to email election@ire.org with a short statement (up to 70 words) of support. Statements exceeding 70 words will be cut at the 70-word limit.

3. Ahead of the polls opening, each candidate is encouraged to submit a candidate statement video of up to two minutes. Ahead of declaring candidacy, interested candidates will participate in an onboarding webinar to better understand the responsibilities of a board member, the dos and don'ts of being a board member, and have an opportunity to participate in a Q&A. The live webinar will feature past board members. 

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 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 the week of May 17.

When does voting close?

Voting ends on June 19 at 5 pm (EDT).

How do I know who the candidates are?

Candidates will be listed on the IRE website.

Who can vote in this election?

Voting is open to current members 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 form 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?

​June 1​ through June 17, new or returning members (Professional, Academic, ​Student ​or Retiree) will receive their ballot within 48 hours of their membership being processed. 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 18 until noon June 19, new or renewing members (Professional, Academic, Student or Retiree) will receive their ballot within 24 hours of their membership being processed. 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 EDT on Saturday, June 19 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 my friend decided to declare candidacy AFTER I have voted?

You can only vote once, and votes CANNOT be changed once they have been cast.

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

Votes cannot be resubmitted or changed.

How do we know who won?

Winners will be announced after the IRE annual membership meeting (schedule pending). Results will be posted online and via social media later that evening.

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

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!

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