The ballots for the 2018 elections have been emailed to all 2018 WAPOR members. WAPOR members will vote on two offices to be filled in elections this autumn: the Chair of the Professional Standards Committee and Vice President/President-Elect. Members were sent voting instructions on September 10 and the voting will close at midnight CT on Sunday, October 21, 2018.
The Chair of the Professional Standards Committee maintains, monitors and works to improve professional standards in public opinion and survey research. The committee promotes the WAPOR Code of Ethics, guides any relevant task forces and/or initiatives, and provides members with resources on professional ethics and best practices. S/He works as a liaison to other associations in the field and is responsible for the continued work on the Freedom to Publish Opinion Polls report. This council position is a two-year term, and runs 1 Jan 2019 to 31 Dec 2020. The candidates for this office are Mari Harris (Ipsos – ZA) and Janet Streicher (J. Streicher Research – US).
The Vice President/President-Elect will serve on the WAPOR Council for a total of six years beginning 1 Jan 2019—two as Vice President, two as President, and two as Past President. The Vice President/President-Elect acts as the President’s deputy and is a member of the Executive Council. As President, s/he works with WAPOR Council to advance the organization’s mission. The President oversees both strategic and operational efforts related to a broad swath of activities that include, but are not limited to, personnel training and exchange, international polls, research development, advancement of the field, and task forces on the conduct and use of polls in elections. The candidates for this office are Mark Gill (King’s College London – UK) and Timothy Johnson (University of Illinois at Chicago – US).