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Home : Chapter Information : Tools & Resources : Chapter Elections

Chapter Elections

Electing chapter leaders is a very important function of chapter membership. Chapter leaders represent the membership as a whole and the membership has entrusted the chapter's direction and vitality to the elected individuals.

STTI requires:

  • That no member of the Leadership succession committee is on the ballot being prepared
  • Elections are held annually

STTI recommends:

  • Chapter leader terms are staggered so that a chapter is not electing all chapter leaders at the same time
  • Chapter leaders hold a transition meeting after elections to ensure that any and all information is passed between outgoing and incoming leaders

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Frequently Asked Questions

May the chapter conduct online chapter elections?

Each state (and/or country) has specific laws regarding electronic balloting and voting. Laws vary widely and could include: requirement that board of directors be elected by paper ballot only, requirement that records of electronic voting be archived for a certain time period, requirement about contents of a paper or an electronic ballot.  

STTI recommends that each chapter contact the applicable state government (and/or country government for chapters outside of the United States) to learn about the laws governing electronic balloting and voting.

Who receives a ballot for our chapter elections?

All active members of a chapter are to receive a ballot. If a chapter uses electronic balloting and voting, those members who are active but do not have an e-mail address or who have an e-mail address but the ballot announcement returns as undeliverable must receive a paper ballot.

What positions are required to be elected?

The following positions are required to be elected by ballot: President, Vice President, Counselor, Secretary, Treasurer and Leadership Succession Committee.

The following positions may be elected by ballot or appointed by the board of directors: Governance Committee.

What is a good timeline for elections?

The process for leadership succession (chapter leader recruitment) never ends; however, the election process (ballot preparation, voting, results tallying and announcement of leadership) should follow a set timeline each year. Setting a timeline that is standardized creates stability for chapter leadership and membership. When setting a timeline consider activities of the chapter, institution of higher learning and surrounding health care facilities to ensure maximum return of ballots.

What does a proper ballot look like?

Proper ballots will exhibit these properties:

  • at least two candidates for each position
  • a write-in option for each position
  • a description and term length for each position
  • introduction and candidate statement for those individuals on the ballot may also be included as a separate document

Do you have a question about elections? Please submit your question to or call 888.634.7575 (U.S./Canada) or +1.317.634.8171 (international).

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