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Dear NABJ Members:

The filing deadline for anyone seeking election the NABJ Board of Directors for the 2013-2015 term is 5 p.m. ET on Friday, March 29, 2013. Packets must be sent to the NABJ Office, ATTN: Elections Committee, 1100 Knight Hall, Suite 3100, College Park, MD 20742.

The Elections Committee urges all members to consider seeking an office on the 14-member Board. Voting will take place on Friday, August 2 during the 2013 NABJ Convention and Career Fair in Orlando, Florida.

Full members may vote for and seek the offices of president, vice president-print, vice president-broadcast, secretary, treasurer, parliamentarian and regional director. Associate and student members may do the same for their representatives.

Please find below the official timeline for members seeking office for the 2013-2015 term:

  • March 29, 5 p.m. est. - Any member seeking a position must submit the complete declaration packet to the national office.
  • April 1-17 - Declaration packets received by Friday, March 29 will be reviewed by the Elections Committee.
  • April 22 - Certification notices will be sent to ALL applicants via email.
  • April 22 - ALL certified candidates can begin to campaign. (Note: Before any candidate may campaign for office, he or she must be certified as eligible to seek office by the 2013 NABJ Elections Committee.)
  • April 22 - Final slate of candidates for the 2013-2015 term will be announced to the membership.

Proposed amendments to the NABJ Constitution were due in to the national office on Friday, Feb. 1. The Constitution mandates that all proposed amendments be submitted at least six months prior to the annual convention and be endorsed by the Constitution and Operating Procedures Committee and the Board. We will let you know ASAP if any amendments will be put before the membership. (Only full members vote on amendments.)

Friday, June 14, is the deadline for current or lapsed full, associate and student members to renew, or for first-time members to join in hopes of voting in this year's election via mail-in balloting before the convention in Orlando; via electronic balloting before and during the convention, and or on Election Day at the convention.

Eligible members preferring mail-in ballots must request one by Friday, May 31. Email mail-in ballot request to

These ballots must be received by the NABJ-contracted election company by Monday, July 10, to be included in the official tally.

Eligible members can also cast their ballots electronically via the NABJ Web site from Friday, May 31 to Election Day, Friday, Aug. 2. Members attending the convention need not wait in line on Election Day to vote. They can do so from anywhere they can get online. And if a last- minute assignment keeps you away from the convention, you'll still be able to vote online – right up until the polls close at 5 p.m. at the declared voting area in the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center. Final election results will, of course, be announced soon after the polls close.


Glenn Rice
The Kansas City Star
NABJ Treasurer 1999-2003
NABJ Region VIII Director 1995–1999
NABJ Elections Committee Co-Chair 2011-2013



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