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APA’s Council of Representatives has proposed amendments to the association’s bylaws that members will vote on this fall. Council also voted to send pro/con statements with the proposed amendments.

APA will send the ballot to the membership with the Apportionment Ballot on Nov. 1, 2010. Below are the proposed bylaws amendments; bracketed text is to be deleted and underlined text is to be added.

A GUARANTEED SEAT ON COUNCIL FOR EACH DIVISION AND STATE/PROVINCIAL/TERRITORIAL ASSOCIATION

ARTICLE V: COMPOSITION OF COUNCIL

7. The number of seats for Representatives from Divisions and State/Provincial/Territorial Psychological Associations allocated through the apportionment vote process shall be 162. Each Division and each State/Provincial/Territorial Association shall be allocated a minimum of one seat on Council. The 162 [Representatives] seats will be divided into 2 pools, one for State/Provincial/Territorial Psychological Associations and one for Divisions. The percentage of the 162 seats for State/Provincial/Territorial Psychological Associations shall correspond to the percentage of total apportionment votes allocated to State/Provincial/Territorial Psychological Associations and the percentage of the 162 seats for Divisions shall correspond to the percentage of total apportionment votes allocated to Divisions. If either pool is not large enough to give one seat to each unit, enough seats will be transferred from the other pool to accomplish that requirement.

[Each Division shall be allocated one seat from the Division Pool and each State/Provincial/Territorial Psychological Association shall be allocated one seat from the State/Provincial/Territorial Psychological Association Pool.] The awarding of additional seats [allocated to] from those remaining in each Pool shall be based on the percentage of allocated votes received by a Division or State/Provincial/Territorial Psychological Association and calculated as follows:

1.5% to less than 2.5% … 1 additional seat

2.5% to less than 3.5% … 2 additional seats

3.5% to less than 4.5% … 3 additional seats etc.

Additional seats will be allocated to those units in a Pool entitled to additional seats in the following manner. The unit with the highest percentage in the Pool will receive the first additional seat and an additional seat will be assigned to other units entitled to one or more additional seats in descending order of their percentages. If, after all units in a Pool entitled to one or more additional seats have received one additional seat, there remain units that are entitled to two or more additional seats, and if the seats allocated to the Pool have not been exhausted, the unit in the Pool with the highest percentage will receive a second additional seat and a second additional seat will be assigned to other units entitled to two or more additional seats in descending order of their percentages. This process shall be continued until either all additional seats allocated to the Pool have been assigned or until all units in the Pool entitled to additional seats have been assigned all of the seats to which their percentages of allocated votes entitle them.

If, after all units in a Pool have been assigned the additional seats to which they are entitled by virtue of their percentages, there remain seats allocated to a Pool which have not been assigned, those remaining seats shall be assigned to the units in the Pool in the order in which the units came closest to being awarded another seat as a result of the allocated votes.