AAUW Election: FAQ

AAUW’s bylaws require that every Individual Member’s input must be sought prior to submission of any proposal to amend the bylaws. We are providing proposed changes to the bylaws and the Public Policy Priorities to provide an opportunity for member input before the proposals are put forward to the membership for a vote. Comments on the proposed Public Policy Priorities changes are reviewed by the AAUW Public Policy Committee and national staff. Comments from the proposed bylaws changes are reviewed by the AAUW Governance Committee and national staff. Both committees report on the findings from the comments, and the final proposals, to the national Board of Directors.

The comment period ends on Friday, February 5, 2021 at 5:00 pm ET.

Submit comments on the proposed changes to the Public Policy Priorities here.

Submit comments on the proposed changes to the bylaws to eliminate the membership requirement here.

Comments on the proposed Public Policy Priorities changes are reviewed by the AAUW Public Policy Committee and national staff. Comments from the proposed bylaws changes are reviewed by the AAUW Governance Committee and national staff. Both committees report on the findings from the comments, and the final proposals, to the national Board of Directors.

All voting will take place online in April and May 2021 unless a member sends a specific request to AAUW for a paper ballot. All members without an email address on file with AAUW national will receive notification of the vote by mail.

Many branches organize a voting day, which can easily be done via Zoom or another videoconference platform. Schedule this as part of a branch meeting and have everyone vote online together!

The AAUW bylaws require that submitted ballots equal in number to at least five percent of the votes entitled to be cast by members is the quorum required for a vote to be counted.

The AAUW bylaws require that the affirmative (yes) vote of two-thirds of the votes cast are required to amend the bylaws. The Public Policy Priorities can be amended with an affirmative vote of a majority of the votes cast.

Changes to the Public Policy Priorities are effective for the 2022-2023 fiscal years (July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2023).

Changes to the bylaws would be effective immediately. AAUW’s national staff will be prepared to change membership language, the join function, and other related items as necessary immediately after the vote.

The proposed changes to the bylaws eliminate the Student Associates section. Since a degree is no longer required for membership, there isn’t a need for a separate category in the bylaws. However, the Board of Directors does have the ability to set a separate dues rate for students.

If the degree requirement is eliminated, those who are currently Student Associates will be given the option of becoming Individual Members of AAUW or joining the Equity Network. If a student opts to become an Individual Member, the AAUW Board of Directors is considering making all student dues free (a rate of $0) and will vote this spring on whether to leave student dues at their current rate ($0 for students of C/U Member schools, $18.81 for students of non-C/U Member schools) or whether to make all student dues $0 to make it easier and more accessible for students to join.

No, there are no changes to Life Membership from the proposed bylaw change.

No, there are no changes to C/U Membership from the proposed bylaw change.