American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Election Practices

 Acceptable Practices

  1. Candidates may:
    • Network with professional colleagues via face-to-face meetings, one-to-one telephone calls, group mailings, and/or group or individual emails to inform them of their nominations and seek their support
    • Participate in ASHA planned activities provided to inform ASHA members of all of the candidates
    • Respond to Allied and Related Professional Organizations (ARPO) questions that their group deems important to their members that could be published in ARPO publications
  1. Supporters of candidates may communicate with friends and colleagues through face-to-face communication, one-to-one telephone calls, group mailings, and/or group or individual e-mails.

Unacceptable Practices 

  1. Expenditures associated with candidacy (with the exception of the calls and mailings referred to in #1 and #2 above). These include:
    • Soliciting or accepting financial support from either individuals, professional associations, corporations, or employers
    • Seeking or accepting an employer or corporate sponsorship that would distribute campaign items or mailings on a candidate's behalf
  1. Production and use of campaign paraphernalia including, but not limited to: buttons, fliers, balloons, display booths, stickers, ribbons, or other give-aways.
  2. Seeking or accepting public "official" endorsement of, or financial contribution from, any ASHA Special Interest Group, committee, board, or specialty commission.
  3. Seeking endorsement of candidates from members of the Board of Directors or ASHA employees/staff.
  4. Running on a "ticket" (i.e. encouraging members to vote for individuals as a part of a slate).

Members of the Committee on Nominations and Elections (CNE) shall remain neutral and non-partisan during the elections process. It is unacceptable for any ASHA member to lobby a member of the CNE on behalf of potential nominees.

Questions about election practices should be sent to governance@asha.org.

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