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How do I know what is allowed and not allowed as far as campaigning goes?

Check out theNASP Campaigning Policies. It is also important that if you have ANY questions about a planned activity you contact Charlie Deupree, the N&E Workgroup Chair, beforeyou initiate that activity.

Do my supporters have to follow the NASP Campaigning Policies?

Yes, the campaign policies are written for everyone involved in the election.

How do I control/enforce what people who support me do?

We ask all candidates to inform their supporters of the campaign policies. If necessary copy the policies and give them to your supporters.

My opponent endorses a particular position/practice; e.g., full psychological evaluations and I do not. May I point out these differences?

No, all campaigning is to be positive. Lines 117-119 of the Campaigning Policies address this. All references to the qualifications and positions of your opponent are forbidden.

May I use the state listserv to get my name and positions out?

No, The use of Listservs, group e-mails, social networking (e.g., Facebook, Twitter), broadcast telephone message, and other communications sent to large groups to campaign is forbidden.

May I send an e-mail to all of my coworkers at my school district using inter-school e-mails?

Only if you send individual e-mails to each colleague. No group messages.

May I post a statement on my Facebook page indicating that I am running for Delegate/Secretary/President-elect?

No, you may not use the Facebook page (or other Web pages) to campaign. You may indicate positions and beliefs but not to indicate that you are running for a position in NASP.

My state is holding its state convention in October. May I have a table in the exhibition area to leave flyers and stickers announcing my candidacy?

No. The policy states “The use of flyers, bumper stickers, buttons, or other promotional materials to campaign is prohibited.”

May I stop and greet fellow school psychologists and indicate my candidacy?

Yes, this is an individual contact and is permitted.

During our state membership meeting may I stand and announce my candidacy? What if I am running unopposed?

No. The key words here are "Membership Meeting." The policy states "Candidates should not make public statements promoting their candidacy unless it is within a public forum that includes all candidates." By public forum we mean a scheduled candidate event designed for members to get to know the candidates. This holds true even if you are running unopposed. If your state wants to include an announced "Public Forum" for all candidates in their general meeting then your announcement would be appropriate.

My state association wants to have a town hall meeting with my delegate opponent(s) and me at the state convention. Is it OK to do this?

Yes. State associations may sponsor a forum such as this as long as every candidate participates. If even one candidate cannot attend, the meeting should not take place. The association may also do a Q&A interview with all candidates and publish it in the newsletter.

It happens that a candidate for an officer position is also from our state. May they participate as well?

No. Officer forums may not be held. They may do a Q&A with all candidates for the same office participating.

My state wants to print an article in our newsletter announcing my candidacy for an officer position. May they do that?

No, we ask state school psychology associations and other professional associations to refrain from endorsing any one candidate for a specific position, but instead are asked to promote the NASP election process and to encourage their eligible members to vote. For example, a state association may facilitate the dissemination of all candidate statements or the link to the NASP website(http://www.nasponline.org/about_nasp/elections.aspx).

I have lots of people who want to help me in my election. We want to send e-mails to as many members as we can. May I give them access to the Leadership Tools so they can send e-mails to members?

No, the Web Use Policy forbids the sharing of login and password information. The Leadership Tools area is a restricted site designed for use by NASP leaders to help them conduct NASP business. We give access to that site because some candidates are currently NASP leaders with access to Tools and some are not. In order to have a "level playing field” we allow non-leader candidates access. The candidate is the only one who may use that privilege.

If they cannot use Tools can they use the online membership directory available to all members?

Yes. Remember only one addressee per e-mail! The generic membership directory and that e-mail option is limited by the website to 5 e-mails per day per member.

May I use the “send an e-mail to this group using your own e-mail client” option on the Tools, online Membership or Leadership Directory to e-mail members?

Yes, but only to send e-mails to one person at a time. Opening each member’s record and clicking on their e-mail address and then writing the message and sending one at a time can accomplish the same action.

I want to send postcards to my colleagues reminding them to vote for me. May I add the NASP logo on the postcard?

A number of issues are involved here. 1) You may not use the NASP logo in your communication. 2) Sending a lot of postcards to members most likely violates the issue of sending a large mailing even though they are going to one person at a time, and 3) we indicate that limited funds should be spent on the election. Postage and printing adds up.

I have a personal web site through my university. May I advertize this site in my campaign literature? May I indicate that I am running for office on that site?

See next Question and answer.

I don’t have a website but want to create one. Is that OK? Can I hire a friend or relative to develop it?

Members are welcome to have personal web sites and that site may be referenced in your writings but NASP will not provide that reference as an active link. The site may not be used to campaign or reference the NASP election. A member may indicate their positions and beliefs on the website but reference to the NASP election or the candidacy is prohibited. The candidate may reference the NASP website in their writing. A candidate should be careful about spending too much to develop a site that will be used to outline positions or beliefs, but, since the site is a private site and not a campaigning site, NASP does not have much say about how you develop (or pay for) your personal site.

I have just realized that one of my supporters has posted a note on the state listserv endorsing me. I realize this is a violation of the NASP Campaign Policies-what do I do?

Actually this has happened and in each case the candidate has informed the N&E Workgroup of the violation. We believe that each member (candidate or not) is a steward of the election process and we request that you let us know ASAP if you are aware of a campaign violation. Typically we will try to get the post removed as soon as we can, inform the poster of the violation, and educate the electorate about the NASP Campaigning Policies.

May I use my school psychologist intern to send campaigning e-mails for me?

Candidates are cautioned when using subordinates in a campaign role. NASP guidelines state “Candidates and supporters are also advised to use care and insure the NASP Ethical Principles and advisories issued by the Ethics Committee are followed when enlisting the support of graduate students, supervisees, coworkers, and others who may be in a subordinate role with the candidate.”