Association News
Apa Election Guidelines for Candidates and Supporters
Psychiatric News
Volume 45 Number 21 page 18-18

These election guidelines were approved by the Board of Trustees in September 2009 and appear in APA's Operations Manual.


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.


Candidates and their supporters using electronic media for campaign purposes are expected to comply with the guidelines set forth in Section A.

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