DURHAM, NC – Online voting is now open for NPPA members in Region 10 to elect a Regional director and associate director. The candidates' bios, statements, and headshots can be seen here.
Region 10 was the only even-numbered Region to present a full and qualified slate of candidates by the deadline, NPPA national secretary Sean Elliot said, therefore Regional elections in Regions 2, 4, 6, and 8 have be postponed. Voting will take place for the remaining even-numbered regions only when full and qualified slates of candidates are presented by the regional nominations chairs. (Region 4 has now presented a full and qualified slate of candidates, so Region 4 members will vote online in December.)
Balloting for Regional elections takes place through the member’s only area of the NPPA Web site. Voting for Region 10 officers may be done at any time starting November 1 and going through the end of the month. Region 10 election results will be announced early in December.
Region 10 members can vote online here.
Eligible voters who want to request a paper ballot may do so by calling the NPPA national office at +1.919.383.7246, extension 14.
In this round of voting, Region 10 members will vote online to elect a director (who serves on the NPPA’s board of directors) and an associate director (who acts as regional membership officer and as a stand-in for a board member who is unable to attend the annual June meeting).
“As directed by NPPA’s Standing Rules, two candidates must run for each office for a valid election to be held,” Elliot said. “In the event that full slates of candidates are not found, elections will be postponed until full slates are ready.” Elliot said the even-numbered Regions had until September 30 to present full slates in order to hold their Regional election on time.
“To run for office in the NPPA an individual must be a News Division member in good standing for the year preceding candidacy and must be nominated by the nominating committee in the Region in which they reside."
Regional directors serve as voting members of the NPPA’s board and meet annually to approve the organization’s budget, make other decisions regarding the governance of the NPPA, and hear reports from the various committee’s and programs. Associate directors serve as the regional membership officer, dealing with the day-to-day needs of the members in the Region and they are designated as the stand-in for the Regional director if needed. Associate directors are not required to attend the annual meeting and may only vote if they are in attendance as proxy for the regional director.
Elliot urges those who are interested in running for office, or who are curious about the duties of regional officers, the operation of the board of directors, or the governance of NPPA, should contact him or the election’s nominations chairperson in their Region. Elliot can be reached at [email protected].