Turn Your Branch Meeting into a Polling Place!
AAUW members have a unique opportunity to shape the future of our organization every two years through AAUW’s national election. Members not only select our national board but also vote on proposed bylaws changes and our Public Policy Program. You can help make exercising this important right both easy and fun by encouraging members to vote this spring.
Simply designate one or two of your branch meetings between April 17 and June 15 as National Voting Days. Then bring a few laptops or tablets to the meetings, and ask everyone to vote!
Things You’ll Need
- Laptops or tablets for voting
- Good internet connection at your voting location
How to Get Ready for Your National Voting Day
- The month before, remind members to do their homework! Check out the candidate bios and videos and read up on the proposed bylaws and Public Policy Program changes and proposed resolutions.
- Remind members to bring their member number and voter PIN, which can be found on the mailing label of their 2017 spring Outlook magazine. They can also email email@example.com or call 800.326.2289 to get this information before your branch’s voting day.
- Talk it up! The months before voting day are a great time to talk about AAUW’s mission and the importance of voting.
- Make it fun! Decorate your meeting space and offer prizes for certain milestones, such as
- Member who has voted in the most elections
- First-time voters
- Person who traveled the farthest to vote
- Mother/daughter voters
How to Set Up Your Polling Place
- Ask several of your members to bring laptops or tablets to the meeting. Spaced apart from one another, these are now your “voting booths.”
- On each laptop or tablet, go to the national election web page at www.aauw.org/resource/national-election.
- Now you’re ready to vote! From the election page
- Click on the Vote button.
- Enter your member ID and voter PIN.
- Vote for candidates and on the bylaws amendments, proposed resolutions, and Public Policy Program changes.
- Click on the Vote button to cast your ballot.
- Appoint volunteers to refresh the election page (i.e. clear the browser cache) after each member votes. That way members will not see a message thanking them for voting BEFORE they place their votes.