SAA 2009 Election
Eighteen candidates vying for five different offices are slated on the 2009 ballot of the Society of American Archivists. Eligible voting members of SAA will elect:
- One Vice President/President-Elect, who shall serve a one-year term beginning in August and then become SAA’s 65th president in 2010–2011.
- One treasurer who will serve a three-year term beginning in August and running through the SAA Annual Meeting in 2012.
- Three Council members who will serve a three-year term beginning in August and running through the SAA Annual Meeting in 2012.
- One Council member who will serve a two-year term beginning in August and running through the SAA Annual Meeting in 2011. This two-year term resulted from the resignation in August 2008 of a newly seated Council member. The SAA Council determined that the position would be offered to the next-highest vote-getter from the 2008 election for the period of one year and that the incumbent would be eligible to run for a two-year term.
- Three Nominating Committee members, who shall serve one-year terms, which will begin upon election.
About the Candidates
Each candidate has submitted a brief biographical sketch, as well as answers to questions posed by this year’s Nominating Committee. The slate of candidates is listed in the left column of this web page. Click on the links to learn more about each candidate.
The questions below were posed to the candidates:
- Vice President/President-Elect: How would you work toward fulfilling the Society’s top three strategic priorities?
- Treasurer: What actions should SAA’s Treasurer take to ensure the Society remains fiscally strong and solvent while pursuing its strategic priorities and responding to opportunities and proposals?
- Council Member: What factors should a council member consider when evaluating specific proposals that aim to put the Society’s strategic priorities into action?
- Nominating Committee: What qualities are necessary for service as an elected officer in the Society? How would you help develop a qualified and diverse slate of candidates for the 2010 election?
This year votes will be cast online for the first time. SAA has partnered with Votenet Solutions (www.votenet.com), a leading provider of secure online voting software for nonprofit associations. Please note the following:
- All individual members, student members, and primary contacts of institutional members who are in good standing on February 28, 2009, will be eligible to vote in the 2009 Election. Members who join on or after March 1, 2009, will be eligible to vote in the 2010 Election.
- SAA staff will export and upload voter data to the online ballot system during the first week of March. Voters will be able to access their online ballot between March 11 and April 11, 2009, via their SAA username and password as recorded in the SAA database at the time of the data export.
- Members are strongly encouraged to visit www.archivists.org/login.asp and log in to the SAA website to verify access to the system. If you do not know your login information, you may click on the specified link on that page to retrieve it via email. If you have any difficulty, please call us toll-free at 1-866-722-7858 for further assistance.
- If you wish to change your username and password for the purposes of the SAA Election, you must do so prior to 5:00 p.m. CST on Saturday, February 28, 2009.
Eligible voting members may cast a ballot online March 11 through April 11, 2009. To log in and cast your ballot, please visit https://eballot.votenet.com/saa/.
How to Request a Paper Ballot
You may request a paper ballot by calling SAA Headquarters at 1-866-722-7858 or by emailing servicecenter [@] archivists [.] org. A paper ballot will be sent to you via first-class mail, along with complete candidate information.
Paper ballots must be requested by March 31, 2009, and post-marked no later than April 11, 2009.
The bylaws of SAA stipulate that candidates must receive 40 percent of the vote in order to be elected to office. Because candidates for Council and Nominating Committee have not been paired, a runoff election may be necessary.
In the event of a runoff election, the following procedures apply. If only two candidates for Council or Nominating Committee receive 40 percent of the vote, then the two candidates with the next highest vote totals will be slated in a runoff election. If only one candidate for Council or Nominating Committee receives 40 percent of the vote, then the three candidates with the next highest vote totals will be slated in a runoff election, and voters may vote for two candidates. If no candidate for Council or Nominating Committee receives 40 percent of the vote, then the four candidates receiving the highest vote totals will be slated in a runoff election, and voters may vote for three candidates. The 40 percent rule is suspended in a runoff election.
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THANK YOU to all candidates for standing for office. Eligible members are urged to exercise their right to vote. Your vote is your voice in your professional association!
The 2009 NOMINATING COMMITTEE:
Chris Prom (chair)