SAA Election 2017

Cast Your Vote Between March 13, and March 31, 2017

SAA members who are eligible to vote can cast their votes online between March 13, and March 31, 2017. Click here to cast a ballot. Use your SAA username and password to login to the eBallot system. If you do not know your login, click here to retrieve it (your information will be sent to the email address you have on file in SAA's member database). This is the eighth year that SAA is partnering with Votenet Solutions, a leading provider of secure online voting software for nonprofit associations.

Fourteen candidates are slated for SAA’s 2017 ballot (see box at right). 
The candidate elected Vice President will serve a one-year term beginning in July 2017 and then will become SAA’s 74th President in 2018–2019. There are three available seats on the Council. Those elected will serve three-year terms beginning in July and running through the 2020 Annual Meeting. The three candidates elected to the 2018 Nominating Committee will serve one-year terms beginning immediately.

In the box at right, click on each candidate's name to read a brief bio along with his or her response to the questions (below) posed by this year's Nominating Committee.

Vice President/President-Elect:  
Question 1: According to SAA’s Mission Statement, “SAA promotes the value and diversity of archives and archivists.” As president, what would be your plan for fulfilling this mission? What concrete steps or strategies would you use to implement your vision for the organization?

Question 2: One of SAA’s Core Values is its commitment to “social responsibility and the public good.” Using this as a framework, please expand on how, under your leadership, SAA will engage in public discourse about events and issues pertinent to the archives profession. 

How would you leverage your role on the Council as a liaison to various SAA groups to support their initiatives and encourage the general membership to present new ideas to the Council and be more engaged with SAA leadership?

Nominating Committee:  
An essential component of the nomination and election process is identification of new leaders within SAA who embody the diversity of the archives profession. Describe what you believe to be the core responsibility of the members of the Nominating Committee, and outline your ideas for identifying the next generation of SAA leaders to ensure that new or distinctive voices and perspectives contribute to the future of the profession.

These questions were developed by SAA’s 2017 Nominating Committee: Chair Holly Smith, Melissa Gonzales, T-Kay Sangwand, Pam Hackbart-Dean, and Michelle Light.

Any eligible member of SAA may also be placed on the ballot by submitting a petition signed by fifty individual members. Petitions must be received at the SAA office in Chicago by February 10, 2017.

The online ballot will be administered by VoteNet Solutions.

Please note the following:

  • All full individual membersstudent members, and primary contacts of institutional members who are in good standing on February 28, 2017, will be eligible to vote in the 2017 Election. Members who join on or after March 1, 2017, will be eligible to vote in the 2018 Election. 
  • Individual associate members are not eligible to vote.
  • 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 13 and March 31, 2017, 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 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 within the US at 866-722-7858 or 312-606-0722 for 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 February 28, 2017.



It's never too early to submit names of prospective candidates for next year's election. Click here.

Slate of Candidates

The Nominating Committee has slated the following SAA members as candidates for office in the 2017 election:

Vice President/President-Elect

Council (Three-year term)

Nominating Committee