The REI board of directors' annual election is the responsibility of the Nominating and Governance Committee. Each fall the Nominating and Governance Committee submits proposed nominations to the board for approval. A ballot with the board-endorsed nominees is sent to active members in the dividend mailer prior to the annual meeting. Packets include a biographical sketch of each candidate, nominating instructions, and a ballot. Ballots are received and counted by an independent tabulator. Election results are announced at REI's Annual Meeting of Members.
The REI election uses a "majority vote" process in its director election. For a candidate to be seated on the board, the majority of the ballots cast for the nominee must be affirmative ("For"). A nominee who fails to receive a majority of "For" votes will not be seated, and the open position will be filled by board appointment until the next election cycle.
For more information about the REI board election process or to request a member nominee packet, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call REI Public Affairs at 253-437-7311.