How will nominations and elections work this year for the remote 2020 HOD? How will candidate backgrounds and information be shared with delegates?
As outlined in previous communications and on the HOD page of the website, the deadline to submit nominees for PAMED elected offices to be included in the 2020 Official Call was July 26. In addition to being listed in the Official Call, these candidates will appear in the comprehensive online Election Manual at its first publication on Sept. 22.


How will nominations “from the floor” happen in the remote HOD?
Since this remote meeting lacks a physical floor from which “floor nominations” can be made, any nominations which were not made in time to be included in the Official Call still need to be made in advance of the opening of the House to ensure receipt of all requested candidate documents and to allow time for voting delegates to review the candidates’ qualifications for office. The names of candidates being nominated from the floor must be submitted via email to Ellen Yasinski at eyasinski@pamedsoc.org before the deadline of Fri., October 16 at 5:00 pm. Nominations must come from a delegate in the county, specialty, or section where the candidate seeks office. You will receive confirmation of receipt of your nomination within one business day.

Upon confirmation of your nomination submission, qualified candidates will be provided with a template for completing the required Candidate Biographical Sketch. They will be required to obtain an appropriate endorsement letter from their nominating county, specialty, or section, and will be asked to complete a Conflict of Interest statement. Candidates have the option to submit a video speech/recorded statement, but those requiring technical assistance with their videos must schedule an appointment with Jeff Wirick (jwirick@pamedsoc.org) by Thurs., October 1 at 5:00 pm. Those not requiring assistance or anyone who does not meet the Oct. 1 deadline may upload their video to the following Dropbox link: https://bit.ly/33Lp9an.
 

How will the election process work remotely?
The voting process is identical this year to what has been done for the past couple of years at the HOD. Delegates will again use the secure Election Buddy voting software to place their votes for elected offices following recess of the House of Delegates on Saturday afternoon, October 24. Election Buddy will notify eligible voting delegates of the opening and closing of the polling period. If a run-off election is required, this will be announced through the Delegate’s preferred text and/or email contact method with instructions regarding how to vote. Depending on the candidates, positions, and results, multiple election run-off sessions could be required into Saturday night and Sunday morning before final adjournment of the HOD. Delegates should be available by their preferred contact email and/or cell number for voting notification updates throughout Saturday afternoon and evening. 


How will the PAMED sections determine their leadership for the coming year?
While the sections cannot meet in person, the section election process is live now and can be found on each of the sections’ pages at www.pamedsoc.org/HOD. Click on the PAMED Family drop-down box, then select the section of your interest. The deadline to complete the form and upload your video to run for an elected section office is September 14.