Elections Information

Every August, RWA conducts an annual election of the Board of Directors. (The Board year begins on September 1 and ends August 31.)

 

Important Dates and Candidate Requirements

Members interested in running for a Board position must declare their intent to run, in writing, by June 20, 2020. Declarations or questions on running for the Board of Directors may be sent to elections@rwa.org.

Required candidate documentation:

  • signed Election Certification Form;

  • biography of not more than 100 words;

  • a photograph (optional);

  • proof of credentials (proof of serious pursuit of a writing career—PRO or Golden Heart entry; if claim publication, then must submit copyright information on an Eligible Novel or proof of RITA entry. Other proof required of President-Elect and Treasurer candidates.); and

  • a current signed Director Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form.

Required documentation must be submitted by June 29, 2020.

On August 3, 2020, the RWA election coordinator, Survey & Ballot Systems, will send eligible members their voting information. Please make sure to white list noreply@directvote.net to ensure the elections email arrives safely in your email inbox. If you do not receive your election email by August 4, 2020, please contact support@directvote.net.

Election results are announced August 18, 2020, and the Board takes office on September 1.

 

Special Information on the 2020 Election

RWA is in a situation that bylaws didn’t foresee, which is that every single Board position will be up for election at the same time. In order to resolve conflicts with Bylaw sections 11.1 and 11.3.1, which discuss the years in which certain Board positions are elected and how terms are staggered, the Board has voted on the following:

For the 2020 Board of Directors elections, the six candidates for Director-at-Large who receive the highest number of votes from the membership will serve two-year terms. The next six candidates with the highest number of votes will serve one-year terms. In addition, the Secretary candidate who receives the most votes in the 2020 election will serve a one-year term, while the Treasurer elected in the 2020 elections, will serve a two-year term.

For more information, email elections@rwa.org.