Board of Directors Elections

Elections are held annually. Per the FRID Bylaws (revised in 2019), the nominations and elections process are contained in the FRID Policies and Procedures Manual (PPM). The Board is still working to complete the PPM, but they have adopted the portion containing the nominations and elections process. As part of this process, "all elections for the FRID Board of Directors shall be conducted electronically via a platform vetted and approved by the Board of Directors." This year, the Board has selected Election Runner as the election platform.

If you are interested in running for a position or if you would like to nominate another member, please email the Nominations & Elections Committee at nominations@fridcentral.org. Please see the Qualifications and Nominations Packet information below.

Elections information

The following election timeline has been adopted:

  • Call for nominations (August 15-August 31)
  • Review nominations (September 1-September 7)
  • Publication of Candidate Statements (September 8)
  • Launch election (September 15)
  • Close election (September 22)
  • Review results (September 23-September 30)
  • Send results to members (October 1)

Elections shall run on the following cycles:

  • In even numbered years, elections shall be held for the President, Vice-President of External Affairs, Secretary, Deaf Member-At-Large, Region Representative North, and Region Representative South
  • In odd numbered years, elections shall be held for the Vice-President of Internal Affairs,Treasurer, Member-At-Large, Region Representative East, and Region Representative West

The following positions are up for regular election in 2020

  • President
  • Vice-President of External Affairs (formerly 2nd Vice-President)
  • Secretary
  • Deaf Member-At-Large
  • Region Representative North
  • Region Representative South
The following positions are up for special election in 2020
  • Vice-President of Internal Affairs (formerly 1st Vice-President)
  • Treasurer
  • Member-At-Large

Qualifications: 
All candidates for the Board of Directors:
    • shall not concurrently serve as an elected officer on the Board of any other Affiliate Chapter of RID nor on the National RID Board. 
    • shall be members in good standing of the FRID and the RID
    • shall be Florida residents, and 
    • shall have been voting members in good standing of the FRID or another Affiliate Chapter of the RID for at least one (1) year immediately prior to candidacy.

The elected Executive Officers (President, Vice-President of Internal Affairs, Vice-President of External Affairs, Secretary, Treasurer, Deaf Member-At-Large, & Member-At-Large) must maintain valid certification from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc.

Nominations Packet:

All candidates for the Board of Directors are asked to submit the following documents to the Nominations and Elections Committee via email (nominations@fridcentral.org) no later than August 31.

  • Professional headshot/photo
  • Candidate Statement (produced both in ASL and written English) that includes a Statement of Intent and why they're a good fit for this position (video should be no more than 2 minutes in length)
  • Biography/Resume/CV
  • Proof of all credentials/requirements for the position

Elections, Balloting, and Results
  • All elections for the FRID Board of Directors shall be conducted electronically via a platform vetted and approved by the Board of Directors.
  • Elections for all positions, whether contested or uncontested, shall be determined by ballot.
  • Elections shall be determined by a majority vote of those eligible and voting.
  • Electronic ballots are sent to voting members in good standing via their email listed in the FRID database. Voting will open September 15 and conclude September 22.
  • Ballots shall be accepted only via the platform vetted and approved by the Board of Directors. Submission of a ballot in any other form shall be rejected and not counted.
  • Election results shall be made known to the candidates and to the Board of Directors between September 23 and September 30 and shall be announced to members and published on the FRID website by October 1.

Terms of Office & Election years
  • Terms of office shall officially commence on January 1 and terminate on December 31 of the respective years.
  • Immediately following the Annual Business Meeting, the newly elected officers shall commence a transitional period under their respective predecessors.
  • Term Limits - Executive Officers and Region Representatives shall hold the same office for no more than two (2) consecutive terms, unless no qualified successor is elected for the vacated position.

       Positions

      Terms 

       Election Years

       President

       2 years

      Limited to 2 consecutive terms

      Must be RID certified

      Even numbered years beginning in 2020

       Vice-President of

      Internal Affairs

       2 years

      Limited to 2 consecutive terms

      Must be RID certified

      Odd numbered years beginning in 2021

      Vice-President of

      External Affairs 

       2 years

      Limited to 2 consecutive terms

      Must be RID certified

      Even numbered years beginning in 2020

      Secretary

       2 years

      Limited to 2 consecutive terms

      Must be RID certified

      Even numbered years beginning in 2020

       Treasurer

          2 years

      Limited to 2 consecutive terms

      Must be RID certified
      Odd numbered years beginning in 2021
      Deaf Member-At-Large 

       2 years

      Limited to 2 consecutive terms

      Must be RID certified
      Even numbered years beginning in 2020
       Member-At-Large   2 years

      Limited to 2 consecutive terms

      Must be RID certified
      Odd numbered years beginning in 2021

       Region Representative - North

       2 years

      Limited to 2 consecutive terms

      Even numbered years beginning in 2020

      Region Representative - South

         2 years

      Limited to 2 consecutive terms

      Even numbered years beginning in 2020

       Region Representative - East

        2 years

      Limited to 2 consecutive terms

      Odd numbered years beginning in 2021

       Region Representative - West

       2 years

      Limited to 2 consecutive terms

      Odd numbered years beginning in 2021

       Immediate Past President

       One term

      Immediately following term Ex Officio

      N/A

       

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