In accordance with IEEE Bylaw I-307.10, individual voting members may propose, by petition, names to be added to the ballot for the offices that appear on the IEEE annual election ballot.

In accordance with IEEE Constitution, Article XIV and IEEE Bylaw I-308, individuals may propose, by petition, amendments to the IEEE Constitution.

Candidate Petitions

Current Petitions

Candidate petitions for the 2020 IEEE Annual Election will end at 12:00 p.m. ET/16:00 UTC on Friday, 8 May 2020.


Petitions available for signing:

For assistance, please contact elections@ieee.org.


Petition process

Individual voting members may propose, by petition, names to be added to the IEEE annual election ballot for positions of the officers to be elected by the voting members or groups of voting members for the coming term.  

Individual voting members who wish to circulate a petition shall submit a petition draft to the Board of Directors no earlier than 1 May of the year preceding the election and no later than 15 April of the year of the election. The petition draft must be accompanied by a statement from the proposed candidate that he or she is willing to serve if elected (see IEEE Policies, Section 13.7.3.B.)

The number of signatures required on a petition shall depend on the number of eligible voters, as listed in the official IEEE membership records at the end of the year preceding the election.

  • For all positions where the electorate is less than 30,000 voting members, signatures shall be required from 2% of the eligible voters.
  • For all positions where the electorate is more than 30,000 voting members, 600 signatures of eligible voters plus 1% of the difference between the number of eligible voters and 30,000 shall be required.

IEEE Corporate Governance staff shall advise those intending to seek nomination by petition of the relevant campaigning guidelines approved by the IEEE Board of Directors. All individuals who are circulating a petition or who are successful petitioners shall follow the campaigning guidelines. Petitioners are bound by the principles and relevant provisions of IEEE's campaigning policies. However, they do not enjoy the privileges of candidates (such as equal opportunity to present in IEEE conferences/meetings and publications) until they become official candidates.

Qualifications of petition candidates and procedures for announcement, distribution, and approval of petitions shall be specified in the IEEE Policies.

Email questions to IEEE Corporate Governance staff at elections@ieee.org.

Constitutional Amendment Petitions

Current petition

Constitutional Amendment petitions for the 2020 IEEE Annual Election will end at 12:00 p.m. ET/17:00 UTC on Friday, 10 April 2020.

Petition available for signing:

Constitutional Amendment petition proposed by Robert Lesniewski:

o   Petition statement

o   IEEE Constitution showing proposed additions and deletions

o   Petition signature form

Petition process

Constitutional Amendments may be placed on the annual election ballot by the IEEE Board of Directors or by member petition.

Initiators of Constitutional Amendments shall be IEEE members in good standing who are eligible to vote in the annual election. An initiator shall submit in writing to IEEE a copy of the exact wording of the proposed Constitutional Amendment the initiator wishes to circulate for signature. In order to be effective, such submission shall be received at the office of the IEEE Executive Director no later than 12:00 noon ET on the Friday preceding 15 December of the year preceding the year in which the Constitutional Amendment, if qualified, shall appear on the IEEE Annual Election ballot.

A petition must be signed by at least one-third percent of the total number of voting members as listed in the official membership records of the IEEE at the end of the previous year, but in no case shall the number be less than 100.

IEEE Corporate Governance staff shall advise those intending to propose an amendment to the IEEE Constitution by petition of the relevant campaigning guidelines approved by the IEEE Board of Directors. All individuals who are circulating a petition or who are successful in their petition shall follow the campaigning guidelines. Petitioners are bound by the principles and relevant provisions of IEEE's campaigning policies.

Petition qualifications and procedures for announcement, distribution, and approval of petitions shall be specified in the IEEE Policies.

Email questions to IEEE Corporate Governance staff at elections@ieee.org.