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The Voting Process

Affiliates in good standing (those who have certified by April 3, 2010) and chartered State Organizations may cast votes in NAMI elections. Each group may vote absentee or appoint a delegate or proxy to vote on its behalf. Individual NAMI members do not vote directly in NAMI National elections.

NAMI state organizations each get one vote in NAMI elections. NAMI affiliates have "weighted votes" based on the number of members in the group as of 90 days prior to the election. The more members your group has, the more votes you get, ranging from 1 vote for groups of 5 - 50 to 10 votes for groups of 800 or more.

Individuals do not vote in NAMI's national elections, but all NAMI members have an opportunity to participate in the election process by helping to decide how your affiliate or state organization will cast its vote. Contact your affiliate and state organization leaders for more information about how and when they will be deciding how to cast your vote. Each affiliate and state organization chooses someone to serve as their delegate or proxy. That person will cast the ballot on behalf of the group.

Voting Packet

In mid-May, a packet of voting information will be mailed to each affiliate and state organization in good standing. The packet includes:

Members can begin convening now to consider the proposals and candidates before you. We urge you to join in this decision-making process!

Credentialing forms specifying who will serve as delegate or proxy for each group must be submitted by affiliates and state organizations to the NAMI National office by June 25, 2010.

Hear From the Candidates

You can hear the candidates online beginning in mid-May. Visit the Candidates' pages to hear a five-minute recorded speech. Convention attendees are invited to hear the candidates give live speeches on Thursday, July 1st at 4:00 p.m.

Absentee Voting

Affiliates and state organizations that wish to vote absentee may do so via official ballots that will be mailed in May. Absentee ballots are due to NAMI National by June 25, 2010.

Onsite Voting

Voting will take place on Friday, July 2nd at the NAMI Convention in Washington, D.C. The NAMI convention program will include a map with the voting area clearly marked. Credentialed delegates/ proxies may vote between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Only credentialed delegates or proxies may cast ballots. All ballots must be returned to the ballot box by 6:00 p.m.

Affiliate groups or state organizations that do not return voting credentials to NAMI National by June 25, 2010 will be subject to onsite review.

Election Results

Results of the election will be reported at the NAMI business meeting on Saturday, July 3. Results will also be posted on

Related Files

Cover Letter PDF (PDF File)
Cover Letter PDF (PDF File)
Sample Ballot PDF (PDF File)
Credential Form (PDF File)
Info Sheet PDF (PDF File)
Why Vote PDF (PDF File)

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