ARCHIVED: Conduct of Election Policy (Revised April 2004)

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Approved November 1998, Board Meeting, Minutes: Tab 8
Revised April 2004

PREAMBLE

The following policy governs candidates during the election process for office in AALL. It is intended to assure that all candidates are treated fairly and equitably and that they are able to participate in the election process without undue political pressure from member groups, or excessive requirements to commit their time or other resources to the election process. Candidates are encouraged to become well informed about Association issues in the event that they are asked to comment on them in one of the ways permitted by this Policy.

Candidates should do all they can to ensure that Association entities, SISs and Chapters, treat fairly and equitably themselves and other candidates for the same position on the Executive Board.

POLICY

  1. Candidates may not campaign for elected office by engaging in such activities as distributing flyers, buttons or other promotional items that are intended to persuade members to vote for them.
  2. Candidates may express their opinions or ideas about professional issues dealing with librarianship at any time and in any format.
  3. Candidates may express their opinions or ideas about AALL policies or issues only under circumstances that assure fairness to the other candidates for the same position on the Executive Board. All candidates for the same position on the Executive Board must participate in the event or activity, such as the published candidates' statements that appear on AALLNET each year. Candidates may not make promises about future actions that will be taken by the Executive Board. Candidates may not respond or comment on another candidate's views or positions.
  4. Candidates may participate at meetings, on listservs, or at other events sponsored by AALL entities, such as SISs and Chapters, as long as they conform to all aspects of this policy.

Candidates may not seek nor should they receive endorsements from AALL entities such as SISs and Chapters or individuals.