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FAQs for APA Presidential Election

9/14/2016-

by Georgia Chao, Lori Foster, Deirdre Knapp, and Gary Latham, SIOP APA Council Representatives

The election for the American Psychological Association (APA) President is coming soon!

Given the current events regarding (1) a new APA CEO search and (2) the Independent Review, this is an especially important election year that could have big implications for SIOP. This article provides some quick questions and answers to help SIOP members who are also APA members vote for APA President.

  1. When do we vote for APA President?

    Voting begins on September 15 and closes on October 31. Most ballots will be sent via e-mail, but some paper ballots are still available.
     
  2. What are the election rules?

    Just like the voting process for SIOP President, you vote by ranking candidates from most preferred to least preferred. This process allows for instant-runoff voting when no candidate has a majority of votes in a round of vote counting. A subsequent round of vote counts is made when the last-placed candidate is eliminated and his/her votes are redistributed across remaining candidates, based on those voters’ rank-order.

    For more information about the voting process, click here.
     
  3. How many rounds of voting are typical in an APA election?

    Historical data indicate that in 6 of the past 10 years, the winner was not determined until the 5th and final round. Since 1996, no election went less than 3 rounds. Thus, it is important to rank-order as many candidates as you can.
     
  4. Are there any SIOP members running for APA President this year?

    Yes. Kurt Geisinger and Rodney Lowman are SIOP members.
     
  5. What if I like one candidate best? Should I just rank that person #1 and leave the rest unranked?

    No! You should rank order the others in order for your vote to influence subsequent rounds.
     
  6. What happens if I don’t rank all candidates?

    Not ranking a candidate guarantees that person will never receive your vote. However, not ranking two or more candidates will exhaust your ballot should vote counts go to late rounds with your unranked candidates. Thus, if the last rounds only consist of your unranked candidates, you would not have any influence over the final outcomes.
     
  7. Is SIOP endorsing any candidate this year?

    No. With two SIOP members running for APA President (Rodney Lowman and Kurt Geisinger), the SIOP Executive Board declined to make any formal endorsement. However, it was noted at the last Executive Board meeting, that SIOP members should consider giving the above candidates the top two rankings.
     
  8. Are there any APA President candidates who might be a concern for SIOP?

    Last August, all 5 candidates made short presentations to APA Council, regarding their qualifications and goals for APA President. In addition, SIOP’s Council representatives have observed all candidates during Council meetings. It is the unanimous personal opinions of the Division 14 representatives (Georgia Chao, Lori Foster, Deirdre Knapp, and Gary Latham), that Steven Reisner (council representative for Div. 39 – Psychoanalysis) is divisive and does not have SIOP’s best interests at heart. This is not a formal opposition to Dr. Reisner’s candidacy, only a unanimous concern among your APA representatives that Steven Reisner, if elected, would give low priority to issues important to I-O psychology.
     
  9. Any last words of advice?

    Yes—VOTE! APA has more than 115,000 members, but it only took 6,220 to elect Tony Puente to APA President last year. There are about 2,300 SIOP members who are also APA members. We can make an impact on APA Presidential elections. Please vote your conscience before the October 31 deadline!

For information about all candidates, visit APA’s governance page here.