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Election Process

Direction and policies for the American Philatelic Society are established by a Board of Directors and implemented by the staff. The elected Board consists of the President, three Vice Presidents, a Secretary, a Treasurer, four Directors-at-Large, and the Past President who must subscribe to the Society’s Board Ethics Guidelines.

Individuals are elected for three year terms, may serve no more than two consecutive terms in the same position, and with the exception of the President may serve on the Board in an elected capacity for no more than 3 terms in any 12 year period. APS members also elect two members for the Library’s Board of Trustees.

Any APS member in good standing, age 18 or older, is eligible to be a candidate for any office except that of president. A candidate for the presidency must have served previously on the board of directors of the Society to have gained some knowledge of the Society’s operations.

Candidates for vice president are nominated and voted for as a unit. Because the board of vice presidents is charged with review of applicants for membership in the APS and is the disciplinary body of the Society, it generally must meet on a monthly basis. The vice presidents are required to meet at least once every 60 days at their own expense.

Elections are held every three years. Nominations of candidates for election to the board of directors of the American Philatelic Society for the 2016–2019 term can be submitted beginning November 1, 2015. Nominations close March 31, 2016.

Nominations may be made in two ways: by APS chapters, signed by both the chapter’s president and secretary, and by petition, signed by at least ten APS members, who are not members of a nominating or seconding chapter, or by a combination of ten chapters and such seconding endorsements. Chapter and Petition nominating forms are available.

Nominations must be seconded by ten or more chapters, by ten or more seconding endorsements each signed by ten or more members who are not members of a nominating or seconding chapter, or by a combination of ten chapters and such seconding endorsements. A chapter seconding form is also available.

All nominations and seconding endorsements must be sent directly to the APS, 100 Match Factory Place, Bellefonte, PA 16823, to be received by March 31. The Society’s Election Policy and Procedure provides details on advertising and expectations of candidate’s conduct. To assist candidates in obtaining the necessary seconds, the Society offers a mailing to all chapters. To participate in this mailing Candidates must complete a Board Nominating Application and agree to pay their share of the costs of the mailing.

Photographs, biographies, and a ballot listing all qualified candidates will appear in the May 2016 issue of The American Philatelist. The polls close at noon on June 4, 2016. The officers elected will be installed at STAMPSHOW 2016 on August 6, 2016.

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