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Voting opened Monday, June 9. Candidate statements and bios are available here.

Starting this year, elections for the IRE Board of Directors will involve electronic voting only, and the polls will be open for about a month. The goal is to make it as easy for as many members as possible to vote.

The initial filing period for candidates is May 1-30. All candidates filing by this time will appear on the initial ballot when voting begins on June 9. 

While online voting will be open both before and during the IRE Conference this summer, we’re still holding a candidate forum at the membership meeting and hoping lots of members will come to learn more about the candidates. Information about each candidate will also be posted online for those who can’t attend.

There will be no absentee ballots.

As in the past, candidates may join the election after the initial May 1-30 filing period. However, voting will have already begun, which could diminish a late-filing candidate's chances of being elected.

About the IRE Board of Directors

The board serves as the governing body of IRE and generally meets two times a year to discuss and vote on IRE business. One of the meetings is at the annual IRE Conference in June. The board periodically has conference calls.

Directors serve on committees and task forces made up of board members and appointed non-board IRE members.

The seats are for two-year terms, and incumbents may seek re-election to the board. A board position is unpaid; board members and their news organizations are expected to pay all, or a substantial amount, of travel expenses to board meetings. IRE will provide limited help in cases of need. Candidates must be IRE members in the professional or academic category.

Board members are expected to help raise funds and contribute financial or other resources to the organization.


2014 Board Election Schedule

Seven of the board's 13 seats are up for election in 2014

  • May 1 – Period to declare candidacy for the IRE Board begins
  • May 30 – Deadline for candidates to file to appear on the initial ballot
  • June 9 – Voting period begins, candidate statements posted online
  • June 26 – Deadline to get on the ballot
  • June 28 – Candidate forum at 6 p.m., voting closes at 7:30 p.m. (Pacific)


How to declare candidacy

Each year IRE publishes a calendar of deadlines for candidate filing, posting candidate profiles online, and voting.

Board candidates should submit a photo and candidacy statement/bio limited to 500 words. Candidates should also provide the following information: Current position, prior experience, IRE experience, expertise, related links and issues they would like to address as a board member. These responses will be posted on the IRE website.

Submit your declaration of candidacy and accompanying photo to IRE membership coordinator John Green at jgreen@ire.org.


Election procedure

At the annual membership meeting on Saturday, June 28, candidates must be nominated and seconded from the floor by two other IRE members. There will be no nominating speeches, but candidates will have two minutes to address the members.

Immediately following the announcement of the winners at the conclusion of the election on June 28, there will be a separate election for two IRE Awards contest judges. Those candidates will be nominated and seconded from the floor.



Voting privileges are granted to the professional (including international), academic and retiree membership categories. Your membership must be current through July of the election year.

Members will be able to vote online June 9-28, 2014.