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APA Apportionment and Bylaws Amendment Election Results

Wednesday, January 8, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Hannah Steinberg

APA members received their annual Apportionment ballots this fall. In addition to the regular apportionment, members were asked to vote on a By-Laws Amendment. This would have created a membership category for graduate students that provided full voting rights after one year of membership. In addition, members at the Associate level (primarily master’s level providers) would have seen their voting privileges moved from after 5 years membership to after 1 year of membership, to align with students.

Any amendment to by-laws must be approved by 2/3 of voters, which equals 66.67%. The by-laws did not pass by a very narrow margin, at 65.98%. I believe that it is important to point out that a “pro” and “con” statement was included with this ballot. This was included instead of a “neutral” statement. During Council meetings it was pointed out that any time a “neutral” statement was included with a Bylaws amendment then it passed. Any time a “pro” and “con” statement was included the amendment did not passed. It is also important to know that the decision by Council to use “pro/con” instead of “neutral” had just as narrow a margin as the actual vote on the amendment.

This all indicates that the issue of student voting rights will emerge again, possibly soon. Please contact me if you would like more information or to discuss your concerns and ask questions. For the sake of transparency, I want to let you know that I voted in favor of the amendment. I also voted in favor of using a neutral statement as explanation with the ballots. I am happy to discuss my reasons for this vote if you contact me. As always, please contact me with any questions or comments related to APA. I’ll find an answer for you.

Thank you,
Jennifer Smith