CHICAGO — Did you know that you can vote in the 2014 ALA elections on your smartphone and other mobile devices? You are don't have to be tied to your desktop to cast your vote; you can vote virtually anywhere – in line at the grocery store, on the bus, at the hairdresser! (But we do ask that you refrain from voting while driving!) Just log in using the URL and credentials that were sent to you between March 19 and March 21; it’s just that easy. So vote now and then continue on with your business! And when you’ve finished voting, you can download an “I Voted in the ALA Election” badge that you can attach to your Facebook page, tweets or wherever you want! The polls will close at 11:59 p.m. Central time on Friday, April 25.
For the sixth year in a row, the American Library Association is holding its election exclusively online. To be eligible to vote, individuals must be members in good standing as of Jan. 31, 2014. Although the election is being conducted online, there remains one exception. Members with disabilities and without Internet access may obtain a paper ballot by contacting ALA customer service at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext. 5. Those without Internet access at home or work can easily access the election site by visiting their local public (or in many instances academic or school) library.
Voters will receive email reminders throughout the election period. Voting may be completed in one sitting, or an individual may “park” their ballot and return at a later date; however, a ballot is not “cast” until the “submit” button is clicked. Anyone with a “parked” ballot will receive an email reminder to complete the voting process prior to April 25.
Information about the ALA election and the candidates can be found in “Your Guide to the 2014 Elections.” The guide is available as a flip book or in PDF format. This, as well as other information about ALA elections can be found on the Election Page on the ALA website. A special “pod” and feature slide on the ALA homepage will also take you directly to election information.
Where will you be when you cast your vote in the 2014 ALA elections?