IDC board members must sign a conflict of interest statement disclosing any potential issues they have that might interfere with service on the board. While many citizens are politically active and do vote in primaries and general elections, we ask our board members to voluntarily disclose any potential conflicts if they wish to serve our non-partisan commission.
Elections of board members are conducted at IDC’s annual meeting each January with nominations screened by a commission committee. Our first call for board members is to our affiliate groups, which can also provide volunteer assistance for debate tasks. Our affiliate groups, such as the League of Women Voters, also provide assistance at debates – such as providing official timers.
Freedom of speech, choice and political activity are not a prohibition to membership, but obvious partisan activity – such as personal contributions to candidates – can be a cause for exclusion from our board.