USGenWeb® Elections



Elections are conducted annually. Nominations are accepted during the first two weeks of June and voting takes place during the month of July.

Membership in the USGenWeb Project entitles any registered member to register to vote. However, neither local project leadership nor the Election Committee can register a member to vote. You must register yourself at To be eligible to vote in a given annual election, you must have registered to vote prior to June 1st of that year.

National Elected Officers

Members of the Advisory Board are elected by the membership of the Project as follows:

National Coordinator (NC): Elected for a one year term. Must be nominated and elected each year. Every registered member has the right to vote for this position.

Representative at Large (RAL): Elected for two year term. Every registered member has the right to vote for this position.

Special Project Representative (SPAR SA, SPIP KZ, etc.): Elected for a two year term by the members of the National Special Projects.

Regional Representatives (One State Coordinator Representative and Two County Coordinator representatives for each region) are elected to two year terms. The terms for the four regions (NENC, NWPL, SEMA, SWSC) are staggered so that in each region, at least one of the three positions representing each region will be elected each year.

National Issues: All registered members are eligible to vote on any issue that affects the Project as a whole that is placed on the ballot of any annual or special election or poll.

Qualifications for Office

From the USGenWeb Bylaws, revised July, 2010.

"Nominees for National Coordinator shall have the following qualifications: at least one year (the twelve months immediately preceding an election) of continuous service and current activity as a member in good standing, and eligibility to vote within The USGenWeb Project. Qualifications of nominees for State Coordinator Representative, Local Coordinator Representative, and Special Project Representative are the same with the addition that their service shall have been as a State Coordinator, Local Coordinator, or one of the various positions associated with the Special Projects, respectively. "In good standing" is demonstrated by responding promptly to email, actively supporting researchers' efforts to find information, maintaining their website with appropriate, up-to-date content, and serving as a good example of the guidelines and standards of The USGenWeb Project."

Nominees for Representative at Large shall have the same qualifications as those for National Coordinator.

The "twelve months immediately preceding an election" applies to the 1st of July, the actual start of the election.

Regions & Special Projects

NENC - Northeast North Central Region: Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Wisconsin

NWPL - Northwest Plains Region: Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, Wyoming

SEMA - Southeast Mid-Atlantic Region: Alabama, Delaware, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia

SWSC - Southwest South Central Region: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Hawaii, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah

National Special Projects - Archives Project, African American Griots, Family Group Sheets, Kidz Project, Tombstone Project

Sub-projects of the Archives Project: Census Images, Court Cases, Digital Map Library, Marriage Records, Military Pensions, Obituary Project, and the Special Collections Project.


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The USGenWeb Project, Free Genealogy Online The Election Committee of the USGenWeb Project is a non-partisan standing committee charged with managing national polls and elections for the Project; providing a secure voting system; maintaining an up-to-date and accurate list of all members; and providing Volunteers with information about elections and candidates. It is not affiliated with any other election, voting, or campaign project or committee. Contact , EC Chair, or your regional EC Representative with questions and concerns.