At the 2009 IRE Conference in Baltimore, IRE members will be electing six board members. (See the candidate list.) They also will vote on a proposed amendment to the organization's Articles of Incorporation to lift the restriction on the number of academic members who can serve on the board. Currently only one member of the 13-member board may fall into this category. If this amendment passes, there would be no limit. (There are no academic members on the current board.)
Candidate filing remains open until noon on June 12. IRE members who are unable to attend the 2009 IRE Conference can request an absentee ballot by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Read more about the policy proposal and see the 2009 election calendar.
The amendment will be voted on June 13 at the annual membership meeting, prior to the election of six board members. If the proposal passes, it would take effect immediately and the academic restriction would be lifted for the board election later in the same meeting.