Elections

Update your email to vote electronically

​We rely on email to notify members about the nomination process for elections and to inform you when you are eligible to vote in AVMA elections. Make sure you have an up-to-date email address in your member profile to ensure that we can reach you when there is an election for which you are eligible.

Two seats are up for election on the AVMA Board of Directors. There is a contested race in District 7 and a contested race in District 9. Nominations for candidates from both districts were due Feb. 1.

In District 7, Drs. Charles Lemme, Frank Edgar Walker, and David M. Ylander are seeking to represent AVMA members in Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. In District 9, Drs. Melanie A. Marsden and Lawrence D. McGill are seeking to represent AVMA members in Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Utah. The winning candidates in District 7 and District 9, will assume office during AVMA Convention ​2018​, which will be held July 13-17 in Denver.

This is the third year in which the AVMA will use electronic balloting for contested district director elections.

AVMA members in District 7 and District 9 can begin voting on March 1, and voting will close on March 31, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. Central Time. Both candidates will be notified of the election results on April 1, and the results will be posted on this page.

Candidates for election: District 7

The following candidates have filed nominating materials to stand for election as District 7 director, click on the candidate's name for their Biographical Summary and Candidacy Statement:

Dr. Charles Lemme

Dr. Frank Edgar Walker

Dr. David M. Ylander

Candidate for election: District 9

The following candidates filed nominating materials to stand for election as District 9 director, click on the candidate's name for their Biographical Summary and Candidacy Statement:

Dr. Melanie A. Marsden

Dr. Lawrence D. McGill

Electronic voting for contested elections

The AVMA uses electronic voting for contested association elections in order to ease, expedite and enhance members' voting experience. The AVMA uses the services of an electronic voting company to allow members to cast ballots electronically, rather than by surface mail.

When members vote electronically, the following process is followed:

  • An email message is sent to all eligible voters, providing instructions and a link to a secure voting website. The email is sent from the address AVMAelection@avma.org.
  • When members click on the link to vote, they are directed to a secure website where their identity and eligibility for voting are authenticated before they are allowed to vote.
  • The website includes links to information about the candidates in the election, as well as instructions for voting.
  • Members make their ballot selections and cast ballots electronically on the website, without any additional steps required.
  • Safeguards are in place to prohibit multiple voting.

Eligible members who do not have valid email addresses on file with the AVMA are mailed paper ballots, along with a return envelope, and must fill out and return the ballots manually. We encourage all members to check the contact information in their AVMA profile to ensure that the email address on file is a valid one.​