Nominations & Election

IJA Board Nominations & Election Rules


Nominations are open for three seats on the IJA Board of Directors that are up for election in the summer of 2017.

The size of the Board will remain at seven directors for the 2017 – 2018 year. Please see the Duties and Expectations of Board Members below.

Nominations may be made by any IJA member in good standing for at least one year. The election will occur during the annual summer festival. IJA members may cast votes online in advance of the festival or in person at the festival.

Nominations as well as the candidacy statements of nominees must be submitted by email to ijanominations@juggle.org by the deadlines indicated below. No other form of submission is accepted.

For information on voting see The Election: Voting below.

Deadlines at 11:59pm Pacific Time Submissions are accepted only by email to ijanominations@juggle.org
June 17, 2016 Nomination submission deadline for candidate’s name to appear on the ballot.
June 17, 2016 Candidacy statement submission deadline for statement to appear on IJA web pages and in IJA election notices. The candidacy statement is limited to 300 words and cannot be changed except within the first 48 hours after it is originally submitted.

Duties and Expectations of Board Members

The IJA Board of Directors manages this nonprofit corporation for the benefit of its members. The board is composed of seven people, with elected directors serving two-year terms. Approximately half of the seats are up for election each summer.

The directors are asked to meet in person at the summer festival. Each board member sits on one or more committees, is expected to communicate regularly by email, must have web access, and will attend phone meetings about once a month. Directors should expect to spend some hours each week on behalf of the IJA.

In addition, all candidates should understand that the members of the Board of Directors are legally responsible as fiduciaries in setting the goals and policies of the IJA, managing its finances, overseeing its employees (if any), and administering its programs. At all times, the members of the Board of Directors must act in good faith and in the best interest of the corporation.

This is a great opportunity for you “to render assistance to fellow jugglers.”

The Election: Voting

All regular, life, youth, and family IJA members thirteen years old or older as of July 27, 2016, may vote, either online in advance of the IJA Festival or in person at the IJA Festival in El Paso, Texas, on Wednesday, July 27, 2016.

Mail-in ballots will not be used this year. You can vote either:

  1. ONLINE until 11:59pm EDT, Saturday, July 23, 2016; or
  2. ON-SITE at the IJA Festival in El Paso, Texas, on Wednesday, July 27, 2016.

Online voting is easy and only takes a minute or two. Or if you’ll be at the IJA Festival, you can vote there in person on July 27, 2016.

Online voting will likely be opened soon after nominations are closed. To vote ONLINE before the festival, go to: http://ym.juggle.org and Sign In (either by clicking Sign In at the top or using the Sign In box at the bottom.) Once you are signed in, click on VOTE in the red band at the top. (“VOTE” won’t appear unless you’re signed in.)

All regular, life, youth, and family IJA members thirteen years old or older, may vote, either online in advance of the IJA Festival or in person at the IJA Festival in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

More information regarding timelines and deadlines for nominations and voting will become available in the Spring of 2017.

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