The intent of the guidelines is to encourage fair and open campaigning by APA members on a level playing field by (1) specifying permitted and prohibited election related activities, (2) fostering opportunities for candidates to educate their colleagues about the issues, (3) informing voters about candidate experiences and views, (4) keeping costs down, and (5) maintaining dignified and courteous conduct appropriate to the image of a profession. Candidates are to state their own positions on issues and their own plans for the Association directly and positively, but may not make personal attacks against their opponents. Third party endorsements in campaign communications are not allowed.
Candidates are to inform members they ask for support about the guidelines by sending a copy or calling attention to the guidelines on the APA website.
Campaigning (written or email solicitation of votes or support) is not permitted until after Nominating Committee nominations are reported to the Board of Trustees. Members should withhold commitments of their final support or votes until after all candidates are known. Members circulating petitions to be nominated may not use the petition process for campaign/electioneering purposes beyond asking for signatures on petitions.