The 2020 SMPTE Elections for Section Officers and Managers were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and are scheduled to open Monday, 20 April. Voting will be available through 11:59 pm GMT on Monday, 1 June.

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 2020.

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 15 June 2020.

All voting members of the Section should receive an email notice of elections on the day the ballot is opened. If you do not receive an email, you can either contact, or you can access the ballot by logging in to the voting system through the following link,, using your Last Name and SMPTE Member ID Number. 

Elections are expected to open in the following Sections on 20 April:

  • Atlanta
  • Australia
  • Detroit
  • Florida
  • Hollywood
  • Hong Kong
  • New York
  • Ottawa Subsection
  • Philadelphia
  • Pittsburgh
  • Poland
  • Rocky Mountain
  • Sacramento
  • San Francisco
  • Toronto
  • Washington DC

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 bio.  Click the “details” link at the bottom of each candidate’s statement to view their full bio and statement of goals. 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.