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The NASP Campaigning Policies are posted on the NASP Elections Web page at http://www.nasponline.org/about_nasp/elections.aspx. It is also important that if you have ANY questions about a planned activity you contact Stephen Brock, the Elections Committee chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org before you initiate that activity.
Yes. The campaign policies are written for everyone involved in the election.
We ask all candidates to inform their supporters of the campaign policies. If necessary copy the policies and give them to your supporters.
No. All campaigning is to be positive.
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.
Only if you send individual e-mails to each colleague. No group messages.
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.
No. The policy states "The use of flyers, bumper stickers, buttons, or other promotional materials to campaign is prohibited."
Yes. This is an individual contact and is permitted.
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.
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.
No. Officer forums may not be held. They may do a Q&A with all candidates for the same office participating.
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.
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.
Yes. Remember only one addressee per e-mail!
Yes, but only to send e-mails to one person at a time. The same action can be accomplished by opening each member's record and clicking on their e-mail address and then writing the message and sending one at a time.
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. 3) We indicate that limited funds should be spent on the election. Postage and printing adds up.
See next question and answer.
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.
Actually this has happened a number of times and in each case the candidate has informed the Elections Committee 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.
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."