The AHCA election process is intended to create openness and true member involvement in Association elections. The process also is intended to give candidates an opportunity to present themselves and their vision of the future of AHCA. All candidates will have an opportunity to address the voting members to convey his/her qualifications during the Candidate’s Forum and the second session of the Council of States. Voting will take place at the second Council of States meeting.
- A slate of “certified” candidates will be presented by the Credentialing Committee to the electorate for consideration. *
- Each candidate for the Board of Governors running from the floor may have one nominating speech of not more than two (2) minutes in length.
- Nominations will be accepted first for the office of Chair, followed, in order, by the offices of Vice Chair, Secretary/Treasurer, At-Large (4), and Not for Profit (in year when this position is up for election).
- The Council of States shall be guided by the requirements that at no time shall any of the At-Large positions be elected from the same state Affiliate Association and at no time shall any corporation have more than one seat on the Board of Governors. *
- No person shall be nominated for an office who has not indicated a willingness to serve if elected.
- Elections shall occur at the last session of the Council of States. *
- The Chair of AHCA shall be the presiding officer of the Council of States during the nomination and election process unless he or she delegates the responsibility to the Immediate Past Chair.
- There will be no opportunity for candidates nominated from the floor to appeal a “not certified” finding by the Credentialing Committee. However, all candidates nominated from the floor, “certified” and “not certified,” will be placed on the ballot, but only “certified” candidates will have their application information presented to the AHCA Council of States. Candidates nominated from the floor will be required to submit a completed application and questionnaire and to participate in a modified eligibility and certification process.
- Balloting shall take place in the following sequence: Chair, followed, in order, by the offices of Vice Chair, Secretary/Treasurer, At-Large (4), and Not for Profit (in year when this position is up for election).
- All elections shall be by secret ballot except where there is but one candidate for an office. *
- Given the presence of a quorum, elections shall be by majority vote of those present and voting, per Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised, unless modified. *
- For the At-Large positions a candidate must receive a majority of those present and voting to earn a seat. In the instance of multiple persons running for an At-Large seat from the same Affiliate, the person who receives a majority vote first will get the seat and the other person will be declared ineligible as that Affiliate is already represented. If more than one candidate from the same Affiliate receives a majority then the one with the highest votes will get the seat. Each candidate must declare which Affiliate Association they represent. If a member operates facilities in more than one state and is thus a member of more than one Affiliate Association, they must declare from the Affiliate Association in the state in which they vote. In cases where the member feels the resulting declaration is inappropriate, the member may appeal to the Board of Governors. By majority vote the Board of Governors can allow the member to declare from a different Affiliate Association. All completed ballots must contain votes for the number of seats open on that ballot (e.g., on the first At-Large ballot, ballots voting for five or more or less than four candidates will not be counted). *
- If no candidate receives a majority on the ballot, the candidate receiving the smallest number of votes shall be dropped, and balloting shall continue until one candidate receives a majority of the votes. *
- Prior to balloting for each contested office, each candidate for that office shall have the privilege of addressing the Council of States for up to three (3) minutes to present a resume of programs and qualifications. Though a candidate can speak in general terms, at the discretion of the Ethics Committee, each candidate can be asked to address one or more specific areas in the course of their remarks.
- Members of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee and Credentialing Committee, shall serve as the Tellers Committee. Tellers shall supervise the collection and counting of the ballots. *
- Each candidate may appoint a representative to serve as a poll watcher during the tally of ballots.
*Constitution and Bylaws requirement