ACA Elections 2019


ACA 2020 Elections Open December 2

New leadership means new ideas and areas of focus, which can have a direct impact on where the counseling profession is heading. We strongly encourage all members to vote in this year’s elections. Make sure your voice is heard! Read the brief FAQs below to learn more about the ACA Elections. Click here to learn about this year's candidates.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What exactly will I be voting for?
  • All ACA members can vote for the ACA President-elect
  • Any ACA member who resides in the Southern Region will vote for the ACA Governing Council Representative, Southern Region
  • If you are a member of any of the following ACA Divisions, you will also be voting for various positions within that Division:
    • Association for Adult Development and Aging (AADA)
    • American College Counseling Association (ACCA)
    • Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling (AARC)
    • Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling (ACAC)
    • Association for Creativity in Counseling (ACC)
    • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)
    • Association for Humanistic Counseling (AHC)
    • Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC)
    • Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD)
    • American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA)
    • Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC)
    • Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW)
    • Counselors for Social Justice (CSJ)
    • International Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors (IAAOC)
    • Military and Government Counseling Association (MGCA)

Where can I learn more about the candidates?  
Click here to read candidate profiles for ACA President-Elect.
Click here to read candidate profiles for other ACA and division leaders.

How do I vote? 
Check your email! On December 2, ACA sends an email containing a specific username and password you must use to vote. You must use this username and password because it is tied to your ACA membership, and it will allow you to vote in the elections that are open to you. Log in using this unique username and password online here in the secure voting portal.

Please note that you will not be able to use your ACA username and password to vote. If you have any difficulty retrieving your unique login information for voting, please contact Votenet at 1-866-984-3125 between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm ET.

Is there a deadline? 
Yes. The deadline to vote is January 31, 2020. We’ll be sending several reminder emails over the next two months. 

I let my membership lapse, but renewed recently. Can I still vote? 
Only members in good standing as of Nov. 1, 2019 will be eligible to vote in the 2020 ACA Elections. 

Can I get a paper ballot?
Sure. Simply call ACA Member Services at 800.347.6647 ext. 222 or 703.823.9800 ext. 222. If you choose to complete a paper ballot, the deadline for Votenet headquarters to receive your ballot is the same as it is for online voting: Friday, January 31, 2020. Please note that you will be provided an addressed, stamped envelope with your paper ballot.

Does my vote really matter?
YES! As a member of ACA, your vote will ultimately help to choose the individuals who may make decisions on your behalf. It’s important to know where they stand, and vote in every election. The more members who vote, the more accurate the counseling profession’s representation will be. We’re all in this together! 

When will we learn the results? 
Election results will be communicated in March.

How were these candidates nominated? 
ACA President-elect nominations come directly from ACA Division and Region leaders. ACA Divisions and Regions have their own processes for putting forth nominations. Contact your Division or Region to learn more. 

What is the voting process for the American Counseling Association President-elect?
ACA Bylaws dictate that the President-elect will be elected by the majority vote of ACA members in good standing as of November 1 of the current year in which voting begins.  The method of tallying votes is through the “Hare System”, also known as “Instant-runoff voting (IRV)”.  Members have the option of rank ordering the candidates (1, 2, 3, 4, 5…with “1” being your first choice) or voting for a single candidate. The candidate who receives the majority (50% + 1) of first choice votes, is declared the winner and is elected ACA’s President-elect. For each round of voting, if there is no first choice majority, the candidate with the smallest number of first choice votes is eliminated.  The second choices of the voters whose first choice were eliminated are then considered first choices and distributed among the candidates remaining.  This process is continued, eliminating at each stage the candidate with the least first choice votes and redistributing the next choice votes for eliminated candidates until a majority (50% + 1) for one candidate is obtained. This process ensures that the preference of more than 50% of those voting will elect ACA’s President-elect.