April 23, 2018

Strong Start for Online ALA Voting

By LJ Staff

The American Library Association’s (ALA) initial foray into online voting for ALA officers seems to be a success. Despite some small confusion on registration being discussed on the ALA Council List, ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels reported that, by March 23, 4,465 members already had cast their ballots electronically as compared to a mere two paper ballots received. The number of electronic votes cast was already almost half the total number that voted in last year’s election. Fiels told LJ the voting was “going smashingly.” ALA launched the e-voting process because the number of voters was declining, he said. In 1995, 12,000 members (roughly 20 percent of ALA membership) voted, but that number drifted to 9,844 (17 percent of membership) in 2003.