The 2017 Section Elections

The 2017 SMPTE Elections for Section Officers and Managers opened on Monday, 20 March.  Voting will be available through 11:59pm GMT on Monday, 24 April.




Ballots are currently available for the following Sections:

  • Atlanta
  • Australia
  • Florida
  • Hollywood
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Italy
  • Montreal/Quebec
    • Ottawa Subsection (of Montreal/Quebec)
  • New England
  • New York
    • Connecticut Subsection (of NY)
    • Long Island Subsection (of NY)
  • Philadelphia
  • Pittsburgh
  • Rocky Mountain
  • Russian Federation
  • Sacramento
  • San Francisco
  • Toronto
  • United Kingdom
  • Washington DC

Ballots for other Sections are being prepared and will be made available shortly.

All Associate, Professional, Executive, Fellow, Life, and Honorary members are eligible to vote for the positions of Chair, Secretary/Treasurer, and Managers for their Section. All newly elected Section leaders will take office on 1 July 2017.

All Associate, Professional, Fellow, Executive, Life, and Honorary Members are eligible and encouraged to vote.

Information on Section Election policies and procedures can be found in Section 8.6 of the Membership Operations Manual.

Results are expected to be announced by 1 June 2017.

SMPTE's Voting Platform

The voting system that SMPTE uses is called eBallot.  On 20 March, all eligible voting members with open elections will receive an email at the address listed in your membership record.  This email will contain a unique link that will allow you to access the ballot without entering a username and password.  This link will be valid for the course of the elections.  If you misplace or do not receive your personal link, you can also access the ballot by logging in to the voting system through the following link,, using your Last Name (Surname) and SMPTE Member ID Number.  *Please note that no ballots will be available through this link before 20 March.

Once you have accessed the voting system, you will be able to view only the ballot for your Section.  If you feel you have been assigned to an incorrect Section, please close the ballot without voting and contact immediately so that we can update your record and allow you to participate in the election for the correct Section.

Ballot Instructions

The ballot will list all available positions and the candidates running for each.  Under each open position, you will see instructions indicating the number of candidates for which you can vote.   Each candidate will have a photo and a brief candidate statement.  Click the "details" link at the bottom of each candidate's statement to view their full candidate statement.  In addition, on the right hand side of the screen you will see an "Instructions" tab, which provides voting instructions, and a "Details" tab, which will allow you to view each candidate's full statement and photo.  Each open position also contains a "Write In" choice, should you wish to vote for a member not listed on the ballot.

Placing Your Vote

Once you have made your selections, you will have an opportunity to review and confirm your choices before submitting your vote.  Once you have submitted your ballot, your votes cannot be changed.  You will no longer have access to the ballot.  You are also able to print a confirmation of your votes with a unique ID and timestamp, should you wish to have a copy for your records.

Voter Participation

Your vote matters and helps the development of the Society and our ability to serve the membership!

In 2016, the SMPTE Pittsburgh Section had the highest percentage of voter participation, with 47% of Section members participating in the elections!  The Section also increased its participation by 5% over 2015!  Way to Go!

The Long Island Subsection of New York had the largest increase in participation with a 38% change over 2015!

All members* who participate in the Section Elections will be entered into a raffle to win one of the following prizes:

  • 1 Grand Prize – One complimentary full conference registration for either the 2017 Entertainment Technology in the Connected Age conference or the SMPTE 2017 Annual Technical Conference
  • 1 Second Prize – One complimentary year of membership dues
  • 3 Third Prizes - $50 gift certificate to the SMPTE Store
  • 5 Runner Up Prizes - $25 gift certificate to the SMPTE Store
    *Election Candidates and Current SMPTE Executive and Section Officers not eligible.

Your vote can also help your Section win refreshments for an upcoming Section Meeting!