APA members voted by ballot in November and December to approve two changes to the bylaws of the association. A two-thirds majority of voters is required to amend the bylaws.
One amendment will create a process to remove a member of an APA board or committee when there is reasonable cause. About 92 percent of voting members approved the measure. Under the new process, an APA board or committee can petition APA's Board of Directors to remove a member if two-thirds of the board or committee members vote for the action. The Board of Directors gives the member an opportunity to respond in writing to the petition. If the board determines that there is reasonable cause for removal and that removal is in the best interest of the association, it can remove the member with a two-thirds vote.
The other amendment adds the characteristic of "gender identity" to APA's no-discrimination policy. The policy now reads in part, "All Members, Fellows, and Associate members and Affiliates shall be treated with respect and without discrimination on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, religion, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation, age, mental or physical disability." About 84 percent of voting members approved the measure.
For the complete text of the amendments, see the October 2005 Monitor or visit APA Governance. 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 2007 legislative year, members' votes translated into some changes in the council's representation. The proportion of seats held by associations and divisions tipped slightly: Divisions gained one seat and associations lost one seat. More specifically:
APA Divs. 7 (Developmental) and 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women) each gained a seat.
APA Div. 36 (Religion) and Illinois each lost one seat.
A detailed tally sheet of the apportionment ballot results is available at APA Governance.
-D. Smith Bailey