Starting today, IRE will begin accepting applications for candidates for the IRE Board of Directors. This year seven of the board’s 13 seats are up for election. Three incumbents have decided not to run for new terms.

The initial filing period for candidates is April 16 – May 20. All candidates filing by this time will appear on the initial ballot when voting begins on May 29.

Electronic online voting will be open both before and during the IRE Conference this summer. Those coming to the conference will have a chance to hear from the candidates, and we encourage all those attending the conference to wait to vote until after hearing the candidates speak. Information about each candidate will also be posted online.

As in the past, candidates may join the election after the initial filing period. However, voting will have already begun, which could diminish a late-filing candidate’s chances of being elected. To be considered, a late-filing candidate must be nominated by 5 pm (CT) on Friday, June 15.

You’ll also be voting for two members of IRE’s Contest Committee, 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 will not make speeches at the conference.

Learn more about candidacy and IRE’s electronic voting system.