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2020 NABJ Elections Overview - 02/26/2020
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February 26, 2020

Dear NABJ members:

It’s election time!

The filing deadline for those seeking election for the positions of Vice President-Print, Treasurer, Parliamentarian, Region II Director, Region IV Director, Academic Representative, and Media-Related Representative on the NABJ Board of Directors for the 2020-2022 terms is 5 p.m. ET, Monday, March 30, 2020. Click HERE to submit candidacy declaration packets to the NABJ Elections Committee.

The Elections Committee urges all members to consider seeking office for one of the seven open seats on the Board of Directors. Voting will take place electronically 9 a.m. ET on June 1 through 5 p.m. ET on July 10, 2020, and in-person during the #NABJNAHJ20 Convention & Career Fair in D.C from 9 a.m. ET to 5 p.m. ET on Friday, July 10.

Here is the official timeline for members seeking office for the 2020-2022 term:

  • March 30, 5 p.m. ET. - Any member seeking a position must submit a completed declaration packet to the national office.
  • March 31-April 2 - Declaration packets received by Monday, March 30 will be reviewed by the Elections Committee.
  • April 3 - Certification notices will be emailed to all applicants.
  • April 6 - Certified candidates may begin to campaign. (Note: Before any candidate may campaign for office, he or she must be certified as eligible to seek office by the 2020 NABJ Elections Committee.)
  • April 6 - Final slate of candidates for the 2020-2022 term will be announced to the membership.

Proposed amendments to the NABJ Constitution were due in to the national office on Friday, Feb. 7. 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 if any amendments will be put before the membership.

Friday, May 1, is the deadline for potential voters to have their NABJ membership in place if they want to cast ballots. This coincides with the deadline to register for the convention without paying the higher in-person rate.

Eligible members may cast ballots electronically from 9 a.m. ET, Monday, June 1 through 5 pm. ET on Election Day, Friday, July 10. Members have found online voting to be a helpful alternative to casting ballots in person, particularly if an assignment or some other circumstance keeps them away from the convention. Results of the election will be announced at the convention and shared on the NABJ website shortly after polls close.

Additional information will be forthcoming. In the meantime, we look forward to a fair and robust campaign season in 2020!


Melanie Eversley
Beyond the Railroad
2020 NABJ Elections Committee Chairwoman

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