ACS Elections Resources
- Board of Directors
- Bylaws & Petitions
- Governance Meetings
The information on this page provides additional information on ACS elections, both national and local.
Ensuring Fair Elections
ACS has put in place extensive guidelines and procedures to ensure fair, accurate, equitable, and compliant elections. See the ACS Governing Documents for more information.
- ACS Guidelines on Campaigning and Communication [PDF]
- Balloting and Preferential Voting Procedures [PDF]
- FAQs: ACS Campaigning & Communication [PDF]
Authority and Election Information in the ACS Governing Documents
The ACS Governing Documents consist of the Charter, Constitution, Bylaws, Standing Rules, Schedule of Membership, and Regulations. Below are relevant sections of the ACS Governing Documents pertaining to the following:
- Board of Directors
[Article VII; Regulation I]
[Article VI; Bylaw III; Standing Rule II, Sec. 2]
- Manner of Election
[Article VII; Bylaw III, Sec. 2; Bylaw IV, Sec. 5, b; Bylaw V, Sec. 2, b; Standing Rule II, Secs. 2-5; Standing Rule IV, Secs. 4-16]
[Article V; Standing Rule II, Sec. 2, j; Regulation I]
- Standing Rules for Elections
[Standing Rule II, Secs. 2-5; Standing Rule IV, Secs. 4-16]
- Balloting and Preferential Voting Procedures
[Standing Rule II, Secs. 2-3; Standing Rule IV, Secs. 13-16]
Duties and Desired Skill Sets for ACS President
Duties of the ACS President can be found in the following:
[Standing Rule II, Secs. 1, g; 2; Standing Rule II, Secs. 4-5; Standing Rule VI, Secs. 6, 8; Standing Rule VII, Sec. 2, c, (2); Standing Rule VIII, Sec. 1, b, (11), (c). See Standing Rule IV, Sec. 5 for duties of President-Elect.]
Duties and Desired Skill Sets for ACS Board of Directors
[Standing Rule IV, Secs. 5-7; Regulations]
Duties of Members on Elected Committees
[Standing Rule II, Sec. 1; Standing Rule III, Sec. 1; Standing Rule IV, Secs. 1-2]
[The Regulations contain all of the Board of Directors’ duties, including the ACS President.]
Suggest a Candidate
Would you like to suggest a candidate for an upcoming ACS National Election?
Petition Candidates (i.e., Self-Nomination)
All ACS members who are considering running for an ACS National Office by petition are strongly encouraged to contact the Office of the Secretary to inform the Secretary of their intentions to run, and to receive pertinent information BEFORE they begin sending out petition forms to collect signatures for nomination.
- Email the Office of the Secretary or, call us: 202-872-4461.
Important Information for All Petitioners:
- ACS members signing the petition must have been paid members of the Society as-of, on, or around August 15 during the previous year's national election.
- The following links provide the specific numbers of valid signatures required for each position, derived from formulas prescribed in the ACS Standing Rules for that office:
- Signature requirements for Petition Candidates President-Elect [PDF]
- Signature requirements for Petition Candidates Director-at-Large [PDF]
- Signature requirements for Petition Candidates District Director [PDF]
- There are forms available to collect signatures:
- Petition Form for Electronic Signatures [PDF]
- Petition Form for Hand Signatures [PDF]
For more detailed information, email email@example.com.
Local Section and Division Elections
- Protocols for Conducting Elections in Divisions and Local Sections [PDF]
- Frequently Asked Questions: Proper Election Procedures for Local Sections and Divisions [PDF]
- A Tutorial on Best Practices for Election Procedures in ACS Local Sections and Divisions [PDF]
ACS District Map
The following interactive map outlines each of ACS six U.S. Districts. Click within the map to find Chapter names and codes associated with each District.