NAMI Voting & Elections Information

Voting at NAMI

NAMI elections include selection of board members, possible amendment of bylaws and consideration of resolutions posed by the membership.

To learn more about this year's process, please take time to review the information on
2020 NAMI Elections.

For more information on this year's call for candidates, please read the 2020 Open Letter from the NAMI Board.

Five (5) new members are elected each year to serve for a standard three-year term. Nominees to the Board of Directors must be NAMI members and members of record of the NAMI Affiliate or NAMI State Organization making the nomination. Nominations may be made only by NAMI Affiliates and NAMI State Organizations that have submitted their membership and paid dues by the nomination deadline. Each NAMI Affiliate and NAMI State Organization may nominate no more than one candidate. Nominations must be received by NAMI no later than 90 days prior to the NAMI Annual Meeting.

NAMI membership may also propose amendments and proposed resolutions to NAMI Bylaws. Proposals must be sent to the NAMI office by return-receipt mail and received by NAMI 90 days prior to the NAMI Annual Meeting. Proposed amendments to the NAMI Bylaws must be submitted in amendment form. For guidance on making submissions, please contact us at voting@nami.org.

Who Votes in NAMI Elections

NAMI Affiliates in good standing (those embracing the NAMI mission, having at least five members and fully paid dues) and NAMI State Organizations may vote, either by online absentee ballot or at the NAMI National Convention.

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 70 days prior to the election. The more members a NAMI Affiliate has, the more votes you get, ranging from one vote for groups of five to 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 their NAMI Affiliate or NAMI State Organization will cast its vote. Contact NAMI Affiliate and NAMI State Organization leaders for more information about how and when they will be deciding how to cast a vote. Each NAMI Affiliate and NAMI State Organization chooses someone to serve as their credentialed delegate or proxy. That person will cast the ballot on behalf of the group.

Voting Information Distribution

At least 30 days before the Annual Meeting, NAMI organizations eligible to vote in the elections will e emailed credentialing information in order to participate in the election process. This email direct affiliates and state organizations to the NAMI website for details about candidates for the board as well as any bylaws amendments and Board resolutions.

To be sure that your voting information gets to you, please work with Member Services to update your current leadership contacts in NAMI 360.

Members should plan to convene once nominations close to consider who will serve as delegate or proxy for their NAMI State Organization and NAMI Affiliate.

Voting in NAMI Elections

NAMI Affiliates and NAMI State Organizations will cast ballots via an online voting system. Details about the process will be provided in the emails sent just before the Annual Meeting.

Online voting opens at least 30 days before the Annual Meeting and remains open until 2 days before the meeting is scheduled to take place. 

All online votes must be cast by the close of elections. The online system is designed to shut down automatically at the end of the voting timeframe, and no votes will be accepted after that time.

Credentialing to Vote

Ballots cast in NAMI Elections are completed by individuals who have been designated as proxies by the leadership of their NAMI Affiliates and NAMI State Organizations. Credentialing allows Affiliates and State Organizations to tell NAMI who the person casting the vote for their group will be. 

Election Results

Election results will be reported at the NAMI Annual Meeting. Results will also be posted on www.nami.org/voting.

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