The Election Day for Officers is scheduled by the Advisor and posted on the AHSTS website and/or Classroom and school announcements at least one week in advance of elections.
AHSTS elections for the following school-year’s officers must be held before the end of the current school-year.
If a change in date has to be made, notice will be given to the membership via the AHSTS website and/or Classroom and school announcements at least one week in advance of the new Election date.
Any 9th, 10th and 11th grade member may run for an officer position but can only run for one.
There are five Officer Positions members can be elected to each year: President, Vice-President, Technical Director, Secretary and Treasurer.
To be eligible for running for Technical Director, a candidate must have served successfully in at least one of the following positions during a production period: Technical Director; Lighting, Scenic, or Sound Design, Sound Board, Light Board, Master Electrician, Scenic Crew
To be eligible to be an officer in the fall, students are required to have fourth quarter passing grades from the previous year in five major subjects in addition to the accumulation of five credits for that year. In the event that the student attends summer school and fulfills the requirements of a passing grade and credits, his/her eligibility will be reinstated.
Eligible members interested in running for an officer position must submit their names for consideration to the Advisor one week before Election Day.
Any member submitting their name for consideration must sign off that they have received, understand, and agree to comply with the Massachusetts Anti-Hazing Law 269:17 for the term of office.
Any member may vote.
Votes must be cast by secret ballot.
The winner is to be chosen by plurality.
In the case of a tie for an officer position, a special election will be held between the two candidates who tied.
Election Code of Conduct
The overriding goal of the Code of Conduct is to create an atmosphere where a fair, open, and positive election can be held.
To maintain a positive reputation of AHSTS, anyone running for an officer position must conduct themselves professionally, both in and out of school.
Any attempt to smear, discredit, or in any way conduct activities that hurt the reputation of a candidate by a member shall result in disqualification and expulsion from AHSTS.
The Advisor may not in any way attempt to influence the results of the elections.
Members may only vote during election day.
If an officer position is unfilled either through resignation, removal, or a lack of a candidate, then the officers may vote to hold a Special Election to fill the position.
Special Elections follow the same guidelines as normal Elections, with the following exceptions:
Members will have a week after the Special Election is announced (via both the AHSTS website and/or Classroom and school announcements) to put their names forth for consideration.
Special Elections will be held within two weeks after the Special Election is announced. The Advisor will set the date and communicate it via the AHSTS Website and/or Classroom and school announcements.
Voting will take place on Special Election Day.
Term of Office
The Term of Office for an officer starts the day of the AHSTS Banquet or the Tuesday after Memorial Day, whichever comes first. If elections are held after either of these events, the Term of Office starts the day after elections.