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Delegates at the 2011 national convention approved a bylaws change that transforms the way SPJ elects members of its national board. In the past, candidates were selected by chapter delegates. Now, elections are inclusive of all members — one member, one vote.

Below, find everything you need to know to participate in this process — both as a voting SPJ member and a candidate for office.

The information provided on these pages focuses on the election of officers. The Society’s processes for bylaws amendments and resolutions have not changed. The chapter delegate voting system (link coming soon) is still in place for such actions.

For candidates and prospective candidates

Open National Positions

Open Regional Positions

Board members help define the Society. As an organization that values diversity, SPJ is looking for candidates who represent and encompass differing backgrounds based on race, ethnicity, age, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, disability, appearance, geography, media discipline and professional status. SPJ is branded as the nation’s most broad-based journalism association, which is a statement to the professional and personal attributes of our membership.

In order to appear on the ballot, candidates must declare at least six weeks before voting opens on the first day of SPJ's annual convention. Candidates should declare by August 17 to ensure their candidacy will be featured on SPJ's Election Central website.

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Everything you wanted to know about running for an SPJ elected position

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The deadline to declare for this year's election is August 17, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. ET. No exceptions will be made for candidates who wish to declare after the deadline has passed.

Positions up for election in 2023

Positions on SPJ's Board of Directors
– Vice President (elected every year)
– Secretary-Treasurer (elected every year)
– Two At-Large Directors (two-year position)

Positions not on SPJ's Board of Directors
– Regional Coordinators for Regions 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11 and 12 (each a two-year position)

Please note: Regional Coordinators no longer serve on SPJ's Board of Directors. For more information about this change, consult SPJ's bylaws.

For more information and to find out how you can run, follow this link.

Everything you wanted to know about running for an SPJ elected position

How to participate as a voting SPJ member

In the past, chapter delegates elected officers and board members. Now all members can cast their own vote via an online voting system.

How you’ll hear from them

Because each member, near and far, has the ability to vote for officers, candidates have a few ways to spread their message:

— SPJ Headquarters will send an email introducing all your candidates and directing you to their online information (if applicable).
— Candidates may have blogs or social media accounts where members can connect with them.
— Members can view candidate speeches online.
— Candidates will deliver speeches on SPJ's annual convention. You'll find most of this information in the Meet the Candidates section.

When is voting open? When does it close?

SPJ members will receive their ballots at 6 p.m. PDT/9 p.m. EDT on Thursday, Sept. 28, following the opening business meeting at the SPJ23 Journalism Conference.

Voting closes at 3 p.m. PDT/6 p.m. EDT Saturday, Sept. 30, one hour before the closing business meeting begins at SPJ23.

How will I receive my ballot?

All SPJ members eligible to vote will receive their ballot electronically through simplyvoting.com. An email with instructions and log-in information will be sent to all individuals who have valid email addresses on file. Note: if you have not seen an email from SPJ in a while, such as our weekly Leads newsletter, you should ensure your email address is correct.

What do I do if I didn’t receive a ballot?

Email elections@spj.org with your name, email address and member number. Also, please check your spam folders and look for an email from simplyvoting.com about SPJ board and regional coordinator elections.

Who is eligible to vote?

All members of the Society in good standing seven days prior to the date and time balloting begins are eligible to vote.

Will I cast a ballot for other regions besides my own?

All members will vote for the board officers and the at-large board positions. Members will only be able to cast a ballot for the Regional Coordinator in their own region.

Can I change my vote after it is cast and before voting officially closes?

Votes cannot be changed once they are cast and before voting officially closes. Once your selections have been made and finalized, they cannot be modified.

When will the results be announced?

Election results will be announced during the SPJ 2023 closing ceremony.

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