Run for ALA office by filing an electronic petition

For Immediate Release
Mon, 10/26/2020


Sheryl Reyes



American Library Association

CHICAGO - Individuals who were not selected by the ALA Nominating Committee may run for office by petition. Members who are interested in running by petition may do so by completing an e-petition form:

  1. President-elect with the signatures of no fewer than 200 ALA current personal members.
  2. Councilor-at-Large with the signatures of no fewer than 25 ALA current personal members.

(Click here for instructions on how to create an e-petition.)

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 petition period for the 2021 election has been extended because of Covid-19; it will now close on December 31, 2020.

Ballot mailing for the 2021 ALA election will begin on March 8, 2021, and will run through April 7, 2021.  Individuals must be members in good standing in order to vote. Renew your membership online or by calling 1-800-545-2433, option 1.

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