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2021 Election General Information

The American Numismatic Association is a nonprofit, educational organization and is recognized  under the Internal Revenue Service Code as a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt organization. It is governed by  a nine-member Board, which includes a president, vice president, and seven governors at large. The  ANA's federal charter, granted in perpetuity by the United States Congress, rests control of the  Association in the hands of this Board.  

In 2021 the terms of all nine officers will expire. Those elected will be installed at the ANA's 130th  Anniversary Convention in Chicago, IL August 13, 2021 and will compose the Board of Governors  for the next two years.  

ANA members with voting privileges can nominate candidates for the ANA Board of Governors.  Nominations must be in writing and received by the Executive Director no earlier than December  1, 2020, and no later than March 1, 2021.  

Individual members 13 years of age or older as of March 31 of an election year and who have been  members of the Association for at least one year as of that date shall be entitled to vote in any  Association election. ANA-member clubs are entitled to one vote. 

2021 Nominees

Nominees for President
Donald H. Kagin, Ph. D
Ralph W. Ross, Ph. D.

Nominees for Vice President
Joseph E. Boling

Nominees for Governor
Michael Ellis
COL Steven K. Ellsworth
Muriel Eymery
Mary Lynn Garrett
Mark Lighterman
Clifford Mishler
Charles Morgan
Rob Oberth
Shanna Schmidt
Barry Stuppler

Eligibility to Hold Office

Members 18 years of age or older as of March 31 of the election year and who have been a member  of the Association for at least three consecutive years as of that date shall be eligible to hold elected  office.  

In order to be a candidate for office, a member must receive at least 25 nominations from member  clubs in good standing and/or individual members in good standing. No member may nominate  himself or herself or nominate a number of candidates for any office in excess of the number to be  elected to an office. This means each individual member or club is allowed to nominate one person  for president, one for vice president and seven for governor. 

Candidate Biographies and Photographs

In accordance with ANA bylaws, each candidate for ANA office must furnish a biographical  sketch and platform, not exceeding 350 words in length, for publication in The Numismatist. The  biography should include the candidate's record of service to the Association and to numismatics in  general. This material will be published in the June 2021 issue of The Numismatist and will be  enclosed with ballots mailed to all voting members.  

All biographical information and platforms must be typed using upper- and lower-case characters  and submitted via e-mail to election@money.org or mailed to the Executive Director at ANA  Headquarters, 818 N. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903. Copy submitted by fax will not  be accepted. Please submit a professional quality, color portrait no smaller than 4 x 5 inches (300  dpi). All material must be accompanied by the candidate's member number and name (as he or she  wishes it to be printed), as well as his or her address, telephone number and e-mail address (not for  publication).  

Any submission that is more than 350 words in length will be edited by deleting text from the end  of the document. Candidates will not receive a proof copy prior to publication. Deadline for receipt  of these materials is March 31, 2021. Only those biographies, platforms and photographs received  by this date will be published in The Numismatist and sent with the official ANA ballot. 

Bylaws Article VIII: Elections–Ethics

Section 1. Publication

            a) No person shall submit for publication or cause to be published any printed, paid advertisement promoting any person’s candidacy in an ANA election without that person’s consent.

            b) No member may cause to be published or distributed any advertisement relating to an ANA election that does not include the name and ANA membership number of the sponsoring person or organization. If the sponsor is a committee or organization, the name and address of its chairman or other principal representative must be included in the advertisement.

Section 2. Statements Regarding Candidates

No member may make or publish any false, misleading, libelous or slanderous statements regarding any candidate.

Section 3. No Association Endorsements

No advertisement, email, webpage or electronic messaging relating to an ANA election (nor any envelope or wrapper therefor) shall include any name, abbreviation, device or address that will in any manner indicate or imply the Association’s endorsement of, or opposition to, any candidate.

Section 4. Violation of Election Ethics

Any Member violating any of the preceding provisions shall be subject to expulsion, suspension or other disciplinary action therefor by the Board of Governors.

Nominee Outline

Election Year: 2021

Convention: Chicago, IL — 130th Anniversary Convention

Convention Dates: August 10-14, 2021

The individual nominee assumes all responsibility for meeting the deadlines noted  below. The ANA assumes no responsibility and will not notify nominees of approaching  deadlines. 


November 2020: "Call for Nominations" in November 2020 through February 2021 issues of The Numismatist.

December 1, 2020: Only nominations submitted in writing to the Executive  Director received no earlier than December 1, 2020, and no  later than by March 1, 2021, will be accepted. Nominations received prior to December 1 and after March 1 will be deemed invalid.

An individual wishing to be nominated must ensure that he/she has the required 25 nominations from any combination of member clubs in good standing or individual members in good standing.  

As individuals attain "nominated" status, the Executive Director will send a “Notice of Nomination" by certified mail,  return receipt requested.

March 31, 2021: Written notice of acceptance or declination of nomination,  along with a photograph and biography/ platform of the nominee (not to exceed 350 words) must be received by March 31, 2021. If these items are not received, the photograph, biography and platform will not be published in The Numismatist

June 1, 2021: Official election ballots will be sent by the independent  auditing firm on or before June 1, 2021, to all members entitled to vote. Included are a pre-printed return envelope and candidate biographies/platforms.

July 1, 2021: Completed ballots must be received by the independent  auditing firm on or before July 1, 2021. Ballots received after this date will not be counted.

July 15, 2021: The independent auditing firm must deliver a report of votes  cast for each candidate to the President and Executive Director no later than July 15, 2021.

July 16-31, 2021: At least 10 days prior to the opening day of the anniversary  convention, the Executive Director, by written and/or electronic communications, shall announce to all candidates and to members of the numismatic media who customarily receive announcements from the Association the number of votes obtained by each candidate for each office.

Election Advertising

Election advertising will be accepted for the March, April, May and June 2021 issues of The Numismatist. In accordance with ANA bylaws, campaign advertising must include the full name and ANA member number of the sponsoring individual (whether that is you or another ANA member). If the sponsor is a committee or organization, the advertisement must include the name, address and member number of its chairman or principal representative. (This requirement applies to election advertising in all numismatic publications.)

Advertising copy, as well as all photographs, artwork or electronic files for The Numismatist, is due 6 weeks prior to the cover date of the desired issue. The ANA Publications Department can design and produce your ad for The Numismatist at no charge.

For ad specifications and prices, contact Advertising Sales Manager Nathan McAllister at 719-482-9867 or email nmcallister@money.org.

Club Mailing Labels

If you would like to contact the ANA’s member clubs (over 400 in number), you can purchase club mailing labels for $250 (one-time use). Labels will not be sent until payment is received. Please make checks payable to the American Numismatic Association.

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