2019 ALA elections are open

For Immediate Release
Thu, 03/14/2019


Sheryl Reyes

Designate Director, Governance


American Library Association



CHICAGO - Voting in the 2019 ALA elections is now open.  Between March 11 and March 13, the ALA sent e-mails to voters, providing them with their unique passcodes and information about how to vote online. The polls will close on Wednesday, April 3 at 11:59 p.m. Central time.  Note that the mailing was sent from the following email:  ALA Election Coordinator, noreply@directvote.net,  so be sure to check your spam filter if you have not yet received your voting credentials.  Should you have problems accessing your ballot, please contact support@directvote.org.

The American Library Association holds its election exclusively online.  To be eligible to vote, individuals must be members in good standing as of January 31, 2019.  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 – on March 18, March 25 and March 29 (broadcast email process is completed over a 48 hour time frame).  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 3. 

Information about the ALA election and the candidates can be found in “Your Guide to the 2019 Elections.” This, as well as other information about ALA elections can be found on the Election Page on the ALA website.  A special “block” and feature slide on the ALA homepage will also take you directly to election information.

Let your voice be heard by casting your vote!