CHICAGO — Voting in the 2014 ALA elections will begin at 9 a.m. Central time on March 19, 2014. Between March 19 and March 21, the ALA will notify voters by email, providing them with their unique passcodes and information about how to vote online. To ensure receipt of their ballot, members should watch for emails from: ALA Election Coordinator, email@example.com. Subject line will be “ALA 2014 election login information below.” 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 – on March 31 and April 16 (the 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 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 flipbook 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.
Voting is your way of ensuring that the Association leaders hear your voice!