Posted Oct 01, 2011 06:00 am CDT
The following jurisdictions will elect a State Delegate for a three-year term beginning at the adjournment of the 2012 Annual Meeting:
Nominating petitions for State Delegates to be elected in 2012 must be filed with the Board of Elections at Association headquarters not later than Friday, December 9, 2011. For each state in which more than one valid nominating petition is filed, the Board of Elections shall have the name of each nominee and the names of 25 signers of the nominating petition published in the February 2012 issue of the ABA Journal.
While it is desirable that more than the required minimum of twenty-five names of members of the Association appear on the nominating petitions, only twenty-five names of signers of any petition will be published as provided by §6.3(b) of the Association’s Constitution. Only signatures of lawyer members of the Association will be counted. Each nominating petition must be accompanied by a typewritten list of names, addresses, and ABA member IDs of the signers in the order in which they appear on the petition. A one-hundred-word biographical sketch of the nominee must also accompany the petitions. Forms for this purpose will be provided. The biographical sketch will be included in the ballot material sent to each Association member in the state in which the nominee is a candidate for the office of State Delegate.
A candidate for nominee and all signers must be lawyer members of the Association whose membership is accredited to the state where the election is being held. There is no limit to the number of candidates who may be nominated in any state, and the nominations are made only on the initiative of members themselves.
Each nominee for the office of State Delegate is entitled to receive one list of the names and addresses of the Association members in his/her state. The list is to be made available only after the proper filing of nominating petitions, after the filing deadline, and upon written request. The nominee should allow up to fourteen days from receipt of the request until delivery of the list. In addition, ABA staff will send one email on behalf of the candidate to the ABA lawyer members in his/her contested state.
Nominating petitions may be obtained from the Board of Elections at the headquarters office of the American Bar Association, 321 N. Clark Street, 21st Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60654 and must be filed before the close of business at 5:00 P.M. (Central), Friday, December 9, 2011.
Ballots will be sent to lawyer members in good standing, accredited to the state in which elections are to be held, no later than Friday, January 20, 2012.
In accordance with §6.3(e) of the constitution, no ballots will be sent to members when a State Delegate election is uncontested. If only one valid nominating petition is filed, the Board of Elections will certify that the sole nominee is elected.
BOARD OF ELECTIONS
Chief Justice John D. Minton, Jr., Chair
Louise Michaux Gonzales