A. Eligibility, published statements, campaign restrictions
1. Eligibility and appropriateness of members of the board of directors to stand for the APA presidency. Members of the board of directors are eligible to stand for and accept nominations for the APA presidency.
2. Eligibility and appropriateness of standing for the APA presidency while standing for another APA office. Individuals serving in the APA presidency cycle shall not hold offices within the association other than the ex-officio positions that accompany that office. A person elected to the APA Presidency shall, during the term of president-elect, president and past president, be restricted from holding any other APA office, including divisional offices, that is not an ex-officio extension of the Presidential office.
3. Call to membership of potential presidential nominees. An annual announcement in the December issue of the APA Monitor on Psychology will inform potential presidential nominees of the opportunity to speak at the February council meeting and invite them to submit a brief statement (50 words or less) to accompany the president-elect nomination ballot. The deadline for submission of such statements is close of business on Jan. 15.
4. Statement on the issues facing psychology. After the slate of candidates is announced, each one will be invited to provide a statement regarding their candidacy. The candidates' statement accompanying the election ballot should be confined to discussion of issues facing psychology and the APA and should not exceed 1,000 words. The APA Monitor on Psychology will provide coverage of the candidates in a question and answer format in issues published between their nomination and the election. Each board and committee reporting to council or the board of directors will be invited to develop questions, which will be reviewed by the election committee. Six (6) final questions reflecting important issues to APA's various constituencies will be selected by the election committee and presented to each candidate. Their written responses will be edited for APA style by APA Monitor on Psychology editors and returned to the candidates for approval before appearing, in tabular format, over three subsequent issues of the APA Monitor on Psychology. The answers to each question will be limited to 100 words. Each candidate will also be given the opportunity to write a short statement, not to exceed 300 words, as a lead into their questions and answers. The past president, as chair of the election committee, is responsible for enforcing these limitations.
5. Appropriateness of a member of the board of directors endorsing a particular candidate. Since the board of directors is the executive committee of the association as a whole, it should be viewed as being nonpartisan, and, as a matter of protocol, board members should not endorse candidates for the office of president-elect.
6. Reporting of campaign funds. APA presidential candidates are required to report any financial support greater than $200 that they received while seeking nomination or election from Aug. 1 of the preceding year of the election through two weeks prior to the start of the president-elect election balloting period. Financial support includes direct money payments, in kind services, advertising on behalf of the candidate, etc. Cash contributions to candidates must be documented with the source of the contribution. This will include support from any individual, group, organization, society, APA division, state association or caucus of APA council. Any honorarium and expenses for travel to present or speak to a group specifically regarding the candidate's nomination or election also must be reported. If there is a question about whether financial support is reportable, it should be reported.
Candidates will report all contribution sources and amounts on a form approved by the election committee. Candidates must sign verifying that the report is complete and submit it to the APA election office no later than Sept. 1. Candidates may not accept contributions after this date. The data will be made available to the membership on the APA Election website.
7. Selling or providing APA mailing labels and email address lists. APA will not sell or provide mailing labels or email address lists for campaign purposes.
8. Use of listservs (electronic lists). APA Central Office will not establish or provide listservs or other electronic communities for campaign purposes. However, list members may discuss APA elections and APA candidates on established lists to which they subscribe.
B. Statement of compliance with guidelines
After the election committee announces the candidates, each one will receive a copy of these guidelines. Each candidate must agree to and sign a statement acknowledging that he or she has received the guidelines, pledge to adhere to them, and will report to the election committee immediately any deviations from the guidelines of which he or she becomes aware.
C. Promulgation of these guidelines
The guidelines in their entirety shall appear in the December or January and the May issues of the APA Monitor on Psychology. Each January the election committee will send the guidelines to divisions, state/provincial/territorial psychological associations, coalitions and newsletter editors.
Member complaints regarding violations of these guidelines will be addressed by the election committee. Upon receipt of a complaint, the election committee will provide the candidate with notice and an opportunity to respond to the allegations and/or to correct his or her report regarding campaign funds required by 110-7.1. A6. Recognizing that the goal of reporting requirements is to achieve transparency for the benefit of the voters, based on information it receives regarding a complaint, the election committee may also modify the APA election website to supplement or correct any information about candidate financial support.
The American Psychological Association's Board of Directors and Council of Representatives have established these election guidelines for election to the office of President-elect. They are printed in the Monitor twice a year.
It is the intent of these guidelines to keep the amount of campaigning and electioneering for the office of president-elect within reasonable limits and to assist in the maintenance of a spirit of collegiality and essential fairness in such elections. These guidelines shall apply to the nomination and election process for the office of APA president-elect. Revised: August 2011
For more information please write or call APA's Election Office, 750 First St., N.E., Washington, DC 20002-4242; (202) 336-6087; (202) 336-6123 TDD
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