Countdown to the 2018 IEEE Annual Election

A look at open positions and deadlines

14 March 2018

On 1 May, the IEEE Board of Directors is scheduled to announce the candidates to be placed on this year’s ballot for the annual election of officers, which begins on 15 August. Those elected take office next year.

The ballot includes IEEE president-elect candidates, who are nominated by the Board, as well as nominees for delegate-elect/director-elect openings submitted by division and region nominating committees.

The ballot also includes nominees for IEEE Standards Association members-at-large, IEEE Technical Activities vice president-elect, and IEEE-USA president-elect.

IEEE members who want to run for an office but have not been nominated need to submit a petition to the IEEE Board of Directors. The petition must include the necessary number of valid voting members’ signatures, and the petitioner must meet other requirements as well. Petitions should be sent to the IEEE Corporate Governance staff, in Piscataway, N.J. The IEEE Board of Directors is also responsible for placing any proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot.

For more information about the process for getting on the ballot, visit the IEEE annual election Web page or write to


Chosen by all voting members

  • IEEE president-elect

Chosen by members of all technical societies

  • IEEE Technical Activities vice president-elect

Chosen by members of the respective technical division

  • IEEE Division I delegate-elect/director-elect
  • IEEE Division III delegate-elect/director-elect
  • IEEE Division V delegate-elect/director-elect
  • IEEE Division VII delegate-elect/director-elect
  • IEEE Division IX delegate-elect/director-elect

Chosen by members of the respective region

  • IEEE Region 2 delegate-elect/director-elect
  • IEEE Region 4 delegate-elect/director-elect
  • IEEE Region 6 delegate-elect/director-elect
  • IEEE Region 8 delegate-elect/director-elect
  • IEEE Region 10 delegate-elect/director-elect

Chosen by members in Regions 1–6

  • IEEE-USA president-elect

Chosen by members of the IEEE Standards Association

  • Standards Association board of governors members-at-large


15 March

Deadline for organizational units to submit slates of candidates to the IEEE Board of Directors for inclusion on the annual election ballot.

15 April

Deadline for submitting an intention to file a petition to run for an office on the annual election ballot.

1 May

IEEE Board of Directors submits to the voting membership a list of nominees for IEEE president-elect, delegate-elect/director-elect, and other positions to be elected by voting members for the coming term. The Board also announces whether it intends to put forward any constitutional amendments.

11 May

Signed petitions nominating an individual for placement on the annual election ballot must be received by noon EDT USA/16:00 UTC.

15 August

Annual election ballots are sent to all voting members on record as of 30 June. Voters also may begin accessing their ballots electronically.

1 October

Ballots must be received by 1 p.m. EDT USA/17:00 UTC.

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