ALA Election Information

2019 Elections Results

Ballot mailing for the 2019 ALA election began on March 11, 2019 and ran through March 13, 2019. The election closed on April 3, 2019. Results were announced on April 10, 2019. 

*Note that the below information pertains to the ALA elections only. If you wish to run for a division or round table office please contact the division or round table as their information may be different.

    Running for Office

    The ALA Nominating Committee nominates candidates from among the general membership for the position of president-elect (annually), for the position of treasurer (every three years), and for members-at-large of Council (annually). Individuals who are not selected by the Nominating Committee may run for office by petition. ALA elections are held in the spring of each year with the results announced in early April.

    About the Nominations Process

    Nominations for the 2020 election opened on Thursday, April 11, 2019. Members who wish to make nominations should submit the following information: nominee name; present position; institution; address; telephone; and e-mail address. Self-nominations are encouraged.  All potential nominees must complete the Potential Candidate Biographical Form found here: https://officers.directnominations.net 

    You will be asked to create an account to access the form. Nominations and forms must be received no later than July 31, 2019. Nominations may be sent to any member of the Nominating Committee for the 2020 ALA Election 2020 Nominating Committee Roster (PDF).

    Petition Candidates & E-Petition Form

    Individuals who are not selected by the Nominating Committee may run for office by petition. Members who are interested in running by petition for President-elect may do so by completing a petition form with the signatures of no fewer than 200 ALA current personal members. Individuals who wish to run for Councilor-at-Large by petition, may do so by completing a petition form with the signatures of no fewer than 25 ALA current personal members. In addition to the petition itself, members must complete the Petition Candidate Biographical Information Form. Once the petition process is completed, petition candidates and nominated candidates are treated exactly the same. They are not differentiated on the ballot because they are on equal footing and are all viable candidates for these positions.

    The period for filing petitions runs from the first Wednesday in October through the first Wednesday in December. The petition period for the 2020 election will open on Wednesday, October 2, 2019.  

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