The election of APSA Council members and officers occurs via electronic ballot over the summer, with new Council members and officers beginning their terms in September following the conclusion of the APSA Annual Meeting. For more information about the APSA election process see the APSA bylaws and Rules for Elections.
2020 Council and Officer Election
The APSA Nominating Committee met on March 7, 2020 to compile a slate of nominees for the 2020 APSA Council and Officer positions, which now is available here for your review. The committee made its decisions after careful deliberation and consideration for the diversity of the field and the varied interests of political scientists. The deadline for submitting nominees by petition was May 17, 2020. No additional nominees were submitted.
Under APSA bylaws, voters have the opportunity to vote “for,” “against,” or abstain for each position.
Candidates must receive more “for” votes than “against” to be elected to the APSA Council or officer
role for which they have been nominated. A quorum of 10% of the APSA membership, or 986 completed
ballots, was required.
In total, 2556 ballots were cast, for turnout of 25.9%. All nominees were resoundingly elected. The Rules
and Elections Committee examined the vote tally and certified the election results.
More information about APSA elections, including instructions for submitting nominees by petition and a description of the balloting process, can be found below.
In accordance with the APSA bylaws
, the Nominating Committee
prepares a slate of nominees, making its recommendations with due regard for geographic distribution, field of professional interest, methodological orientation, types of institutions where members are employed, race, ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexuality disability, and other important forms of diversity (APSA Bylaws Article V, Section 3).
The nominating committee generally meets in February, and APSA encourages members to submit suggestions for consideration by the nominating committee. Council or officer nominations can be submitted to [email protected]
with a description of why the nominee’s accomplishments, background, and views would make them a good Council member or officer.
Once the Nominating Committee has met and determined its slate of candidates the proposed slate of nominees is announced. More information about the 2020 Nominating Committee is available here
Candidates by petition are also accepted. Nominations by petition should be sent to [email protected]
and must be submitted at least 60 days before the election is scheduled to begin. Candidates by petition for APSA elections must fill out the Official Nomination Form
with signatures of at least fifty members. Candidates must also sign the Official Consent Form
for their candidacy to be valid.
The APSA Council and officer elections occur via electronic ballot open to the entire membership. Electronic balloting begins no fewer than 120 days after the nominating committee slate is announced, and balloting remains open for no fewer than 30 days. APSA elections are generally held over the summer.
As indicated in the new bylaws, the election process allows voters to vote “for” (yes), “against” (no), or abstain for each position. Candidates must receive more “for” votes than “against” to be elected to the APSA Council or officer role for which they have been nominated; thus, even unopposed candidates must be affirmed by a majority of votes. In the event that there are more candidates than open positions, candidates receiving the largest number of positive votes will be deemed elected, followed by the candidate receiving the next largest number of positive votes, and so on, until all positions are filled. A quorum of 10% of the APSA membership is required for the election to be valid.
When balloting has closed, the Rules and Elections Committee
examines and certifies the vote tallies. Once the has been certified, APSA announces the results and the new Council members and officers take office at the close of the next APSA Annual Meeting.
Please contact [email protected]
for more information or with any questions about the APSA elections.