Guidelines for the conduct of president-elect nominations and elections
A. ELIGIBILIT Y, 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 nomi-
nation 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
7. Selling or providing APA mailing labels and email address lists.
APA will not sell or provide mailing labels or email address lists for
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
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