2021 NAMI Elections

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

The NAMI Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the 2021 NAMI Elections are open. The NAMI Board welcomes nominations of current NAMI members from NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates across the Alliance. Members are also invited to bring forward proposed amendments to the NAMI Bylaws and Board resolutions.

If your affiliate or state is considering nominating a candidate for the board or proposing an amendment, please read the Election Information document.

2021 Open Letter to NAMI Membership

For more information on this year's call for candidates, please read the 2021 Open Letter from the NAMI Board. Again this year, the board is highlighting specific skills that they are seeking in candidates to strengthen the current skill sets on the board. The letter also highlights the nomination process and requirements of the candidates.

2021 Elections Key Dates

Below are important deadlines and key dates related to this year's NAMI elections process:

  • May 13, 11:59pm EDT: Membership submission deadline for NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates
  • May 23, 11:59pm EDT: Candidate nominations, proposed bylaws amendments and resolutions are due
  • Week of June 21: Voting packets emailed to eligible NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates
  • June 23: Online voting opens
  • July 20, 6:00pm EDT: Online voting closes
  • July 23, time TBD: NAMI Annual Meeting


Candidates for the NAMI Board of Directors

The election of new members to the NAMI Board of Directors takes place leading up to the Annual Meeting which will be held virtually this year on July 23, 2021. Please watch for announcements and updates for the virtual Annual Meeting!

Five (5) new members are elected each year to serve for a standard three-year term. Nominees must be current NAMI members of the NAMI Affiliate or NAMI State Organization making the nomination. Each NAMI Affiliate and NAMI State Organization may nominate no more than one candidate. Nominations may be made only by NAMI Affiliates and NAMI State Organizations that have submitted their membership and paid dues by the nomination deadline of May 23, 2021 (60 days prior to the Annual Meeting).

To ensure compliance with NAMI’s bylaws, 75 percent of the NAMI Board must be "persons who have or have had lived experience with serious mental illness, or parents or other relatives, including civil partners, thereof". Candidates are asked to make a statement to this effect.

Bylaws Amendment Proposals and Resolutions

For consideration in the 2021 Elections, proposed amendments to NAMI Bylaws and proposed resolutions must be sent to the NAMI office at the address below by return-receipt mail to be received by NAMI no later than May 23, 2021. Proposed amendments to the NAMI Bylaws must be submitted in amendment form. For guidance on making submissions, please contact us at voting@nami.org.

NAMI, Attn: Elections 2021
4301 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22203

Voting Information Distribution

With the continued uncertainty around COVID-19, NAMI will again be sending voting materials electronically to the leadership of each eligible NAMI State Organization and NAMI Affiliate. These voting materials will be emailed the week of June 21. The email will contain the necessary information on how to credential in order to participate in the election process, and direct affiliates and state organizations to the NAMI website for details about candidates for the board as well as any proposed bylaws amendments and Board resolutions.

To be sure that voting information gets to the correct leaders for your NAMI organization, please work with NAMI Member Services to update your current leadership contacts in NAMI 360.

Online Voting

Eligible NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates will communicate to NAMI the person who should submit their organization's ballot on their behalf. Those credentialed voters will then be sent login information for the online voting system. Voting opens on Wednesday, June 23 and will close on Tuesday, July 20 at 6:00pm EDT SHARP.

Election Results

Election results will be reported at the virtual NAMI Annual Meeting on July 23. Results will also be posted on www.nami.org/voting.

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