2023 Election Information

2023 Election Information

WPRA 2023 Nomination/Election Cycle FAQ


As the 2023 nomination/election cycle is about to start, the WPRA Board is sharing some important information and key dates. Please note that this document is a summary and does not replace the 2023 WPRA Rulebook.

1. What is the timeline for the 2023 nomination and election cycle?

On or prior to the first business day of January The WPRA Office must receive a signed membership application and payment from adult card members by this date to receive a nomination ballot – Please reference rule 3.1.1. in the 2023 WPRA Rule Book.

On or about January 12, 2023 Nomination ballots sent to eligible WPRA members electronically – Please reference rule 3.1.1. in the 2023 WPRA Rule Book.

  • Hard copies mailed no later than January 16.

Monday, January 30, 2023, by 5pm MT Nomination ballots (paper and electronic) due back to the election vendor – Please reference rule 3.1.1. in the 2023 WPRA Rule Book.

Wednesday, February 1, 2023, by end of day Nomination ballots certified by the election vendor. Nominated candidates are contacted the following business day – Please reference rules 3.2.1 and 3.2.2. in the 2023 WPRA Rule Book.

On or prior to February 1 The WPRA Office must receive a signed membership application and payment from adult card members by this date to receive an election ballot – Please reference rule 3.3.2. in the 2023 WPRA Rule Book.

On or before Monday, February 13, 2023 Election ballots sent to eligible WPRA members electronically – Please reference rule 3.3.1. in the 2023 WPRA Rule Book.

  • Hard copies mailed no later than February 16.

Monday, March 6, 2023, by 5pm MT Election ballots (paper and electronic) due back to the election vendor – Please reference rule 3.3.2. in the 2023 WPRA Rule Book.

Wednesday, March 8, 2023, by end of day Election ballots certified by the election vendor. Candidates notified on March 9, 2023 – Please reference rule 3.4.1. in the 2023 WPRA Rule Book.

Thursday, March 9 – Monday, March 20,2023 Election recount period – Please reference rule 3.4.9. in the 2023 WPRA Rule Book for a recount by candidate.

First Board Meeting to be held around March 30, 2023 Please reference rule 3.4.2. in the 2023 WPRA Rule Book.

2. What positions are up for nomination/election in 2023?

Badlands, Great Lakes, Prairie, California and Turquoise circuit director positions and two (2) national roping director positions.

3. Who will receive ballots during this nomination and election cycle?

Adult cardholders, who have returned to the WPRA office their 2023 signed and paid membership application on or before the 1st business day of January 2023 (for nominations and February 1, 2023 for an election ballot) and who have a voting designation in a circuit/division up for election in 2023 on their application. If the voting designation is invalid or left blank on the application, it defaults to circuit designation or card type.

4. How will I receive my ballot?
Eligible voting members will receive a digital ballot sent to the email address on file with the WPRA.

Sent from: WPRA Election Coordinator — noreply@directvote.net

Subject line: 2023 WPRA Nomination (2023 WPRA Election for the election portion)

For 2023 only, a paper ballot will also be mailed to the address on file with the WPRA.

5. What if I don’t receive a ballot?
  1. Be sure to check your spam/junk folders.
  2. Check with the WPRA office to confirm your eligibility, voting designation, email address and or mailing address.
  3. Request a digital ballot re-send through the WPRA office.
6. What is my ballot number?

Each eligible voting member is assigned unique credentials to access their digital ballot; these credentials are also present on your paper ballot. These credentials are your voter identifier/ballot number.

7. How do I know if my ballot was submitted?

Once your electronic ballot has been submitted, you will be directed to a confirmation screen with the option to input your email to receive an email confirmation. There will be no confirmation for physical ballots. Any nomination ballots sent to the WPRA office will be destroyed.

8. What if I submit both a digital and paper ballot?

If a member submits both an electronic and printed ballot, only the electronic ballot will be counted.

9. Why is the WPRA offering both a paper (for 2023 only) and an online option for casting nomination and election votes?

The WPRA Board has elected to go this direction in 2023 only for two (2) reasons:

To Offer Faster Delivery/Response Options: Historically the WPRA has relied on a paper process totally dependent on the US mail system for delivery. Experience has shown that US mail delivery has gotten increasingly slower and is not always reliable. In addition, as the world adapts to online services in their everyday life, they are looking for those same options from the WPRA.

To increase Eligible Member Voting Participation:  Eligible member voting participation rates have been historically very, very low. This is because the paper system is slow and increasingly lacks mail delivery reliability, members often read the materials and forget to respond, or they are on the road and can’t get mail delivery. Online voting is popular and should increase member participation and having their voices heard.

10. Are there text or fax options for me to submit my ballot?

Voting members may only submit their ballot by filling out the digital ballot or by mailing their ballot using the pre-addressed envelope provided with their paper ballot.

11. Are my votes confidential?

Yes, only the outside 3rd party election vendor sees and records votes.

12. What if I forget to vote?

The 3rd party election vendor will send out an email reminder to eligible members that have not submitted a ballot.

13. When does the new board take over?

The newly elected Board will take office either 20 days following the certification of the election or at the first full Board meeting, whichever is sooner.

14. I have a voting designation that is not up for election in 2023, why can’t I participate?

Members can only vote for their designated circuit director or roping director. Please reference rule 4.1.3.1., 4.1.3.2. and 3.4.6. in the 2023 WPRA rule book.

15. What are the criteria for running for circuit director?

Any card member nominated for office, in order to be eligible, must have been a WPRA card member for 2 out of the last 3 years prior to the year you wish to run, must not have been found guilty of a major rule violation, and must not be eligible to run for roping director (see below).

Roping Nomination and Election Specific Questions:

16. What are the criteria for running as a national roping director?
  • Must have competed at 10 or more pro rodeos in the breakaway in 2022 and must have had any card for 2 of the last 3 years prior to the year you wish to run, OR
  • Roping division card holder or pro rodeo breakaway card holder for the past 5 consecutive years prior to the year you wish to run, OR
  • Gold card holder who designated roping for the past 5 consecutive years prior to the year you wish to run, OR
  • Lifetime member who designated roping for the past 5 consecutive years prior to the year you wish to run  

Also, must not have been found guilty of a major rule violation.

17. Why will there be two (2) national roping directors starting at the end of March 2023?

The sport of breakaway is growing rapidly and as a result, WPRA approvals and roping memberships are growing as well. An additional national roping director position is being added to offer more representation for the roping membership and to share the ever-increasing task load that comes with being a director.

18. How will the terms work for the two (2) national roping directors?

The nation roping director candidate with the most votes will be the R1 director and will serve until the 2026 election cycle. The national roping director candidate with the second most votes will serve as the R2 director and will serve until the next election cycle in 2025. Please reference rule 4.1.3.2. in the 2023 WPRA rule book.

19. What are the roles and responsibilities of the national roping directors?

Highlights per rule # 4.2 (read for other details) all directors are responsible to see that the rules of the WPRA are carried out, appoint spokeswomen to aid and assist in rodeo administration, attend all Board meetings (whether in person or telephonically), attend as many general membership meetings as possible, and create and empower committees as necessary. Few of the other main responsibilities not listed in rule 4.2. are answer member questions, contact and work with rodeo committees, stock contractor (if necessary) and DC producers on event details.

20. As a roper, if I have questions about roping or WPRA matters, who will answer those questions?

Once the two (2) national roping directors are elected they will work with the Board to determine how they will equitably handle membership and all rodeo/DC administration.  Once a plan of action is agreed upon by the roping directors and approved by the Board, a communication will be sent out the membership with those details.

21. Why can those who designated “Roping” on their 2023 membership application list two (2) nomination candidates and vote for two (2) national directors?

Both national roping directors are directors representing all of the roping members, so it only seemed logical and equitable that the roping members should be able to decide which two people would be representing them.

22. Why are there so many options for national roping director criteria?

The Board wanted to make sure that the national roping directors were knowledgeable and experienced in roping, especially in pro rodeo breakaway, without excluding ropers that may have been long time members. 

WPRA 2023 Nomination/Election Cycle FAQ


As the 2023 nomination/election cycle is about to start, the WPRA Board is sharing some important information and key dates. Please note that this document is a summary and does not replace the 2023 WPRA Rulebook.

1. What is the timeline for the 2023 nomination and election cycle?

On or prior to the first business day of January The WPRA Office must receive a signed membership application and payment from adult card members by this date to receive a nomination ballot – Please reference rule 3.1.1. in the 2023 WPRA Rule Book.

On or about January 12, 2023 Nomination ballots sent to eligible WPRA members electronically – Please reference rule 3.1.1. in the 2023 WPRA Rule Book.

  • Hard copies mailed no later than January 16.

Monday, January 30, 2023, by 5pm MT Nomination ballots (paper and electronic) due back to the election vendor – Please reference rule 3.1.1. in the 2023 WPRA Rule Book.

Wednesday, February 1, 2023, by end of day Nomination ballots certified by the election vendor. Nominated candidates are contacted the following business day – Please reference rules 3.2.1 and 3.2.2. in the 2023 WPRA Rule Book.

On or prior to February 1 The WPRA Office must receive a signed membership application and payment from adult card members by this date to receive an election ballot – Please reference rule 3.3.2. in the 2023 WPRA Rule Book.

On or before Monday, February 13, 2023 Election ballots sent to eligible WPRA members electronically – Please reference rule 3.3.1. in the 2023 WPRA Rule Book.

  • Hard copies mailed no later than February 16.

Monday, March 6, 2023, by 5pm MT Election ballots (paper and electronic) due back to the election vendor – Please reference rule 3.3.2. in the 2023 WPRA Rule Book.

Wednesday, March 8, 2023, by end of day Election ballots certified by the election vendor. Candidates notified on March 9, 2023 – Please reference rule 3.4.1. in the 2023 WPRA Rule Book.

Thursday, March 9 – Monday, March 20,2023 Election recount period – Please reference rule 3.4.9. in the 2023 WPRA Rule Book for a recount by candidate.

First Board Meeting to be held around March 30, 2023 Please reference rule 3.4.2. in the 2023 WPRA Rule Book.

2. What positions are up for nomination/election in 2023?

Badlands, Great Lakes, Prairie, California and Turquoise circuit director positions and two (2) national roping director positions.

3. Who will receive ballots during this nomination and election cycle?

Adult cardholders, who have returned to the WPRA office their 2023 signed and paid membership application on or before the 1st business day of January 2023 (for nominations and February 1, 2023 for an election ballot) and who have a voting designation in a circuit/division up for election in 2023 on their application. If the voting designation is invalid or left blank on the application, it defaults to circuit designation or card type.

4. How will I receive my ballot?
Eligible voting members will receive a digital ballot sent to the email address on file with the WPRA.
Sent from: WPRA Election Coordinator — noreply@directvote.net
Subject line: 2023 WPRA Nomination (2023 WPRA Election for the election portion)
For 2023 only, a paper ballot will also be mailed to the address on file with the WPRA.
5. What if I don’t receive a ballot?
  1. Be sure to check your spam/junk folders.
  2. Check with the WPRA office to confirm your eligibility, voting designation, email address and or mailing address.
  3. Request a digital ballot re-send through the WPRA office.
6. What is my ballot number?

Each eligible voting member is assigned unique credentials to access their digital ballot; these credentials are also present on your paper ballot. These credentials are your voter identifier/ballot number.

7. How do I know if my ballot was submitted?

Once your electronic ballot has been submitted, you will be directed to a confirmation screen with the option to input your email to receive an email confirmation. There will be no confirmation for physical ballots. Any nomination ballots sent to the WPRA office will be destroyed.

8. What if I submit both a digital and paper ballot?

If a member submits both an electronic and printed ballot, only the electronic ballot will be counted.

9. Why is the WPRA offering both a paper (for 2023 only) and an online option for casting nomination and election votes?

The WPRA Board has elected to go this direction in 2023 only for two (2) reasons:

To Offer Faster Delivery/Response Options: Historically the WPRA has relied on a paper process totally dependent on the US mail system for delivery. Experience has shown that US mail delivery has gotten increasingly slower and is not always reliable. In addition, as the world adapts to online services in their everyday life, they are looking for those same options from the WPRA.

To increase Eligible Member Voting Participation:  Eligible member voting participation rates have been historically very, very low. This is because the paper system is slow and increasingly lacks mail delivery reliability, members often read the materials and forget to respond, or they are on the road and can’t get mail delivery. Online voting is popular and should increase member participation and having their voices heard.

10. Are there text or fax options for me to submit my ballot?

Voting members may only submit their ballot by filling out the digital ballot or by mailing their ballot using the pre-addressed envelope provided with their paper ballot.

11. Are my votes confidential?

Yes, only the outside 3rd party election vendor sees and records votes.

12. What if I forget to vote?

The 3rd party election vendor will send out an email reminder to eligible members that have not submitted a ballot.

13. When does the new board take over?

The newly elected Board will take office either 20 days following the certification of the election or at the first full Board meeting, whichever is sooner.

14. I have a voting designation that is not up for election in 2023, why can’t I participate?

Members can only vote for their designated circuit director or roping director. Please reference rule 4.1.3.1., 4.1.3.2. and 3.4.6. in the 2023 WPRA rule book.

15. What are the criteria for running for circuit director?

Any card member nominated for office, in order to be eligible, must have been a WPRA card member for 2 out of the last 3 years prior to the year you wish to run, must not have been found guilty of a major rule violation, and must not be eligible to run for roping director (see below).

Roping Nomination and Election Specific Questions:

16. What are the criteria for running as a national roping director?
  • Must have competed at 10 or more pro rodeos in the breakaway in 2022 and must have had any card for 2 of the last 3 years prior to the year you wish to run, OR
  • Roping division card holder or pro rodeo breakaway card holder for the past 5 consecutive years prior to the year you wish to run, OR
  • Gold card holder who designated roping for the past 5 consecutive years prior to the year you wish to run, OR
  • Lifetime member who designated roping for the past 5 consecutive years prior to the year you wish to run  

Also, must not have been found guilty of a major rule violation.

17. Why will there be two (2) national roping directors starting at the end of March 2023?

The sport of breakaway is growing rapidly and as a result, WPRA approvals and roping memberships are growing as well. An additional national roping director position is being added to offer more representation for the roping membership and to share the ever-increasing task load that comes with being a director.

18. How will the terms work for the two (2) national roping directors?

The nation roping director candidate with the most votes will be the R1 director and will serve until the 2026 election cycle. The national roping director candidate with the second most votes will serve as the R2 director and will serve until the next election cycle in 2025. Please reference rule 4.1.3.2. in the 2023 WPRA rule book.

19. What are the roles and responsibilities of the national roping directors?

Highlights per rule # 4.2 (read for other details) all directors are responsible to see that the rules of the WPRA are carried out, appoint spokeswomen to aid and assist in rodeo administration, attend all Board meetings (whether in person or telephonically), attend as many general membership meetings as possible, and create and empower committees as necessary. Few of the other main responsibilities not listed in rule 4.2. are answer member questions, contact and work with rodeo committees, stock contractor (if necessary) and DC producers on event details.

20. As a roper, if I have questions about roping or WPRA matters, who will answer those questions?

Once the two (2) national roping directors are elected they will work with the Board to determine how they will equitably handle membership and all rodeo/DC administration.  Once a plan of action is agreed upon by the roping directors and approved by the Board, a communication will be sent out the membership with those details.

21. Why can those who designated “Roping” on their 2023 membership application list two (2) nomination candidates and vote for two (2) national directors?

Both national roping directors are directors representing all of the roping members, so it only seemed logical and equitable that the roping members should be able to decide which two people would be representing them.

22. Why are there so many options for national roping director criteria?

The Board wanted to make sure that the national roping directors were knowledgeable and experienced in roping, especially in pro rodeo breakaway, without excluding ropers that may have been long time members. 

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