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SDA’s membership includes, but is in no way limited to, demographers with professional or personal ties to the southern United States. SDA welcomes and encourages the participation of individuals, and the study of demographic topics, from any region or country.

Annual membership is included in the annual conference registration fee. If you are not joining us at the annual conference you can still join or renew your membership here.

Membership Benefits - Voting

Regarding SDA elections for 2023 and 2024:

Individuals who are current members (described below) of SDA will shortly receive a ballot for the (delayed) 2023 election for board members and president-elect for 2024. The deadline for this election will be December 15, 2023.

Under the SDA bylaws, membership in SDA is from January 1 to December 31 of the calendar year. Therefore, current members of SDA include members who joined or renewed SDA membership for 2023 by attending the 2022 meeting in Knoxville, or who have renewed their membership separately in 2022, or set up a multi-year membership that included 2023.

Individuals who joined SDA for the first time by attending the San Antonio meeting, or who again became members after having their membership expire for 2023, will officially become SDA members for election purposes on January 1, 2024. These individuals will not be eligible to vote in the 2023 election, but these individuals will be eligible to vote in the 2024 SDA election. We fully expect this election to take place no later than June 1, 2024 (as per the bylaws). Going forward, we expect SDA elections to return to pre-COVID "regular order" with ballots going out by June 1.

Individuals who have previously attended a meeting or had been a member at some time in the past few years should be able to log into the SDA website to check their status. Anyone having problems logging into the SDA website, or having any other questions, should notify Gerald Shoultz at so I can check on it.

Additional information about SDA membership and the organization can be obtained from the SDA Secretary-Treasurer:

Gerald Shoultz
Department of Statistics
Grand Valley State University
Grand Rapids, MI USA

P: (616) 331-8689 | F: (616) 331-2910 | 

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