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Election Process


Our Elections process is governed by Article 5 of the bylaws of the American Philatelic Society along with standing policy of the APS Board of Directors. The election procedures are managed by the Executive Director and APS staff.

The elected Board consists of the President, three (3) Vice Presidents (combined to make the Board of Vice Presidents), a Secretary, a Treasurer, and four (4) Directors-at-Large, who along with the Immediate Past President, must subscribe to the Society’s Board Ethics Guidelines.

Individuals are elected for three-year terms, may serve no more than two (2) 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 three (3) terms in any 12-year period. APS members also elect four (4) members for the Library’s Board of Trustees, two (2) every election cycle.

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 six (6) times a year, including twice in person at their own expense.

Elections are held every three (3) years. Nominations of candidates for election to the board of directors of the American Philatelic Society for the 2019–2022 term can be submitted beginning November 1, 2018. Nominations close March 31, 2019.

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 (10) 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 (10) or more chapters, by ten or more seconding endorsements each signed by ten (10) or more members who are not members of a nominating or seconding chapter, or by a combination of ten (10) chapters and such seconding endorsements. A chapter seconding form is also available.

All nominations and seconding endorsements must be sent directly to:
    American Philatelic Society
    100 Match Factory Place
    Bellefonte, PA 16823
    Attn: Election Monitor

All nominations and seconds must be received by March 31, 2019. 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 in mid-January 2019. To participate in this mailing Candidates must complete a Board Nominating Application and agree to pay their share of the costs of the mailing by December 31, 2018.

Photographs, biographies, and a ballot listing all qualified candidates will appear in the May 2019 issue of The American Philatelist. The polls close at noon on June 8, 2019. The officers elected will be installed at StampShow 2019 on August 3, 2019.

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