Reference Guide for Candidates

This is a reference guide to the ISBA Policy and Procedures on Association Elections. This guide is not a substitute for a complete review of the entire policy. It is the responsibility of the candidate to comply with that policy.

Number of Signatures Required for Each Office (Para. 3.3)

  • Third Vice President - 350 Eligible Signatures.
  • Board of Governors - 50 Eligible Signatures from Geographic Area.
  • Assembly - 10 Eligible Signatures from Geographic Area.

Nominating Petitions

“Due to the Covid-19 pandemic health emergency, the use of paper nominating petitions is suspended for the 2021/2022 ISBA election cycle.”  Nominating petitions are still required but will be entirely online.

  • Candidates must generate a nominating petition on the ISBA website using the form provided on the Petition page.
  • Nominating petitions can be created and signed on or about October 1, 2021, and no later than 4:30 p.m. on January 31, 2022.
  • Members will be able to view and “sign” (via electronic assent on the ISBA website) all available nominating petitions for whom they are eligible to sign.

Ballot Positions of Candidates

After the close of the nominating petition period (January 31, 2022 at 4:30 p.m.), all ballot positions will be determined by lot amongst all the candidates for the office. (Ballot positions will not be based upon the order of nominating petition submission and certification – because all nominating petitions will remain open until January 31.)

Materials Required for Ballot Placement

Third Vice President

  • Create Electronic Candidate Nominating Petition
  • Required number (350) of “signatures” on Nominating Petition
  • Biography of 300 words for use in ISBA print or electronic publications and ballot mailing (Para. 3.12)
  • Webpage information and features (Para. 5.3)
  • One high resolution color photo (200 dpi minimum) in jpeg format

Board of Governors

  • Create Electronic Candidate Nominating Petition
  • Required number (50) of “signatures” on Nominating Petition
  • Biography of 300 words for use in ISBA print or electronic publications and ballot mailing. (Para. 3.12)
  • Webpage information and features (Para. 6.3)
  • One high resolution color photo (200 dpi minimum) in jpeg format.

Assembly

  • Create Electronic Candidate Nominating Petition
  • Required number (10) of “signatures” on Nominating Petition
  • Biography of 100 words for use in the ballot mailing (Para. 3.12)

Campaign Expenses and Limitations (Para. 4.14)

Campaign expenditures by each candidate for Third Vice-President shall not exceed ten thousand dollars ($10,000) per candidate. Campaign expenditures by each candidate for Board of Governors shall not exceed five thousand dollars ($5,000) per candidate. Campaign expenditures by each candidate for Assembly shall not exceed two thousand dollars ($2,000) per candidate. The expenditure limitations shall apply per candidate regardless of whether a candidate seeks one or more than one office in a single election. The total expenditures include expenditures by a candidate’s law firm and others at the specific request of the candidate. Travel costs and local and specialized bar association meeting expenses are excluded from this monetary limitation.

Ballot Mailing and Counting (Paras. 3.11 and 3.15)

  • Printed ballots and electronic ballot notification will be sent to members no earlier than March 25 and no later than April 1.
  • Paper ballots will be counted if received by 4:30 p.m. (CST) on April 29, 2022; electronic voting must be completed by 4:30 p.m. (CST) on April 29, 2022.
  • The results of the elections will be announced no later than May 6, 2022.  

Again, the information contained in this Reference Guide is not a substitute for a complete review of the ISBA Policy and Procedures on Association Elections. Candidates are responsible for a careful review of the ISBA Policy and Procedures on Association Elections.  

Questions should be directed to: Office of the Executive Director, 800.252.8908
Email: kweaver@isba.org