APA members voted by ballot in November and December to approve an amendment to APA's Bylaws that limits the time that members-at-large can serve on APA's Board of Directors.
APA's Council of Representatives elects the six members-at-large, who serve on the board in staggered three-year terms. The approved amendment prohibits psychologists that hold one of the six seats from being re-elected as a member-at-large. Previously, they could serve consecutive terms. The amendment passed by a margin of 7,844 votes to 2,944 votes.
In the same balloting period, APA members also voted on the composition of the Council of Representatives. The council consists of at least one representative from each of APA's 53 divisions and the state, provincial and territorial psychological associations. APA members' votes decide how many seats each group receives, and then the division or association elects its own representatives.
For the 2006 legislative year, members' votes translated into some changes in the council's representation:
The state of Massachusetts and Divs. 7 (Developmental), 29 (Psychotherapy) and 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women) lost one seat apiece.
The state of Illinois and Divs. 13 (Society of Consulting Psychology), 14 (Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology) and 43 (Family) gained one seat apiece.
However, the proportion of seats held by associations and divisions remained the same: 98 for divisions and 64 for associations.
A detailed tally sheet of the apportionment ballot results is available at www.apa.org/governance.
--D. SMITH BAILEY
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