Election FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to vote?

Two classes of membership have voting privileges:

  1. Professional
  2. Life

How is voting eligibility determined?

In order to vote, an individual must be a NEHA member by February 15.

When do the elections for the NEHA Board of Directors officers and regional vice-presidents occur?

For contested NEHA Board of Directors positions, e-ballots are activated on March 1 (or the next business day if March 1 falls on a weekend). Ballots must be electronically submitted by March 31 (or the next business day if March 31 falls on a weekend). Ballots are used only for contested positions. 

Ballots will be used if the NEHA Board of Directors recommends Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws revisions to the membership or if there are contested elections. No ballots will be used for elections in which there is only one candidate.

What are the candidate requirements for the second vice-president office?

Second Vice-President Candidate Requirements

  • Be a professional or life member of NEHA with at least 3 years of cumulative membership. 
  • Nomination requirements:
    • Each nomination is accompanied by five signatures of voting NEHA members,
    • Three of the five represent different affiliates, and 
    • Nominated persons are qualified according to the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws and are willing to faithfully serve. 
  • Completed Second Vice-President nomination form must be submitted online no later than December 1 prior to NEHA Annual Educational Conference (AEC) & Exhibition in the year the individual is being considered for nomination. Candidates accepted by the Nominations Committee will be placed on the spring ballot prior to the AEC.

What are the candidate requirements for a regional vice-president office?

Regional Vice-President Candidate Requirements

  • Be a professional or life member of NEHA with at least 3 years of cumulative membership.
  • Be nominated by five NEHA members from the candidate’s region. 
  • Completed Regional Vice-President Candidate form must be submitted online no later than December 1 prior to the AEC in the year the individual is being considered for nomination. Candidates accepted by the Nominations Committee will be placed on the spring ballot prior to the AEC. 

What are the states represented by each regional-vice president?

States/Territories Represented

  • Region 1: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington
  • Region 2: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada
  • Region 3: Colorado, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, affiliates/members outside of theU.S. (not including uniformed services)
  • Region 4: Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin
  • Region 5: Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
  • Region 6: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio
  • Region 7: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee
  • Region 8: Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, DC, West Virginia, members of the U.S. uniformed services residing outside of the U.S. 
  • Region 9: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Northern New England Environmental Health Association

When will newly elected officers and regional vice-presidents officially take office?

Newly elected national officers and regional vice-presidents will take office at the installation ceremonies on the last evening of the AEC following the acceptance or verification of their election.

How are the ballots counted?

Ballots are counted as follows:

  • Electronic ballots are tallied as the votes are cast. Electronic voting is 128-bit SSL encrypted and verified by SAS70 Certification. Voting members have the option of receiving verification of their vote. Electronic ballots are activated on March 1 (or the next business day if March 1 falls on a weekend) and deactivated on March 31 (or the next business day if March 31 falls on a weekend). 
  • The executive director appoints a staff member who functions as the voting administrator and furnishes a report of the election results.

What happens if there is a tie for one of the offices?

In the extremely rare event of a tie for a particular office, the Board of Directors will use the following three hierarchical steps: 

  1. Re-ballot the relevant membership. The re-balloting would include only voting members who were eligible for the initial election process, and would occur within 2 weeks of declaring a tie in that election. In the event of another tie for that particular office, the board would continue with step 2. 
  2. At a special Board of Directors meeting, designated by the board president, each candidate would make a short presentation on how they will best represent the membership on the Board of Directors. The presentation would be done electronically via a web meeting, if necessary. Any current board member who was directly involved in the tied election will recuse themself from the voting process. All eligible Board of Directors will vote, by secret ballot, to select the new officer or regional vice-president. The board president will cast a vote as a member of the board and not to break any tie vote. The board officers will vote, by secret ballot, to select the new regional vice-president or officer. In the event of a tie vote (due to any abstentions and/or recusals), the board would proceed to step 3. 
  3. The board president will decide on an appropriate method for resolving the tie, including direct appointment to the board, within the prerogative of the president.

What if I have additional questions or concerns?

Phone: (303) 756-9090
 

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