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Election Central 2019: Call for ASMP National Board Candidate Declarations

By December 13, 2018Strictly Business Blog


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Get involved. Join the National Board.

This is to announce the call for candidate declarations for the 2019 ASMP National Board of Directors will be open from December 14, 2018 through January 31, 2019. If you are a current ASMP Professional Member and are interested in serving on the National Board, please review the candidate protocol and the election timetable below. If you have any questions about what the duties and responsibilities of the National Board of Directors would be during the three year term, please contact one of the current Directors to learn more about a Director’s role.

Becoming a National Board Candidate

The National Board has 12 active members who must be Professional Members or Life Members of ASMP. Each board member serves a three-year term, and the terms are staggered so that only four members are up for election each year. A board member can run for reelection, but cannot serve more than two consecutive terms (6 years).

Unlike many organizations, at ASMP there is no nominating process. Rather, candidates for office declare their own candidacy by submitting the candidate declaration form (PDF) to The declaration must be received in the National office by midnight, Thursday, January 31, 2019 for the upcoming election in March 2019.

The new board members will begin their terms at the time of the annual Board meeting in June 2019.

2019 National Board Election Timetable and Process

December 14, 2018 – January 31, 2019: Candidates submit declarations for their intent to run for office.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019: Deadline for candidates to provide their ballot information and statements. Each candidate’s statement is limited to 500 words and will be part of the official ballot materials. National Board members do not endorse candidates. Before the January 31st deadline, candidates may seek the endorsement of other ASMP members and include the endorsers’ names in their official statements. The candidate endorsements have a word-count of 300 words. Voting members find that the extra statements are helpful in the voting process, as the supplemental endorsements are displayed with each candidate’s ballot statement.

Thursday, February 28, 2019: Candidate statements and endorsements are posted.

Friday, March 1, 2019: Ballots are distributed and voting begins. Voting members must cast their ballots on or before March 15.

Friday, March 15, 2019: Last day to vote. Voting is online, and the poll stays open until midnight (Eastern Standard Time).

Monday, March 18, 2019: Ballots are unsealed and the vote count begins.

Friday, March 22, 2019: Results are confirmed, the candidates are notified, and the results are published and distributed to the full


Any questions about becoming a candidate or about the election process, please submit to


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