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 ended on Friday, February 5, 2021 at 5:00 pm ET.

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 (computer or mobile device) starting April 7 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 a ballot by mail.

Voting will close on Monday, May 17 at 5:00 pm ET.

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!

Paper Ballot: Paper ballots must be requested from AAUW by April 16, 2021. All paper ballots mailed to AAUW must be postmarked by 11:59 p.m., April 30, 2021. Paper ballots postmarked after that date will not be counted. To request a paper ballot, e-mail your name, address, and member number to connect@aauw.org or call 800.326.2289.

PINs will be e-mailed to members before voting begins and will also be mailed to members without valid email addresses on file with AAUW national.

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.

A choice of abstain is neither for nor against the proposal. An abstain choice would count towards quorum, but not in the for/against vote totals.

As is best practice in voting processes, the first submitted ballot is considered final. There are no changes, and any subsequent ballot submissions will be rejected.

After you submit your online ballot, a printable confirmation message will appear on the screen and you can print it out as confirmation of your vote. No confirmation process is available for paper ballot voting.

Your member ID number and the assigned voting PIN are required to submit a ballot whether online or by mail. A member’s online or paper ballot is uniquely tied to the member’s ID and to the assigned PIN number. Only the first ballot submitted by an individual will be counted.

All members are encouraged to vote online, because it is fast, easy, secure — and green! Branches can organize voting hours, where someone sets up a computer and assists those without internet access, but phone, if it is desired. Members can also use cell phones to access the voting email and click through to cast their vote!

Members may also request a paper ballot be mailed to them until Friday, April 16, 2021. No paper ballots will be issued after that date. Ballots must be postmarked by 11:59 pm ET on April 31, 2021 to count. To request a paper ballot, call 800.326.2289 or e-mail your name and address to connect@aauw.org.

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.

Information on each candidate for election to the AAUW Board of Directors can be found here. You may interact with the candidates to ask the candidates questions or start a conversation by using the ‘Join the discussion’ function on each candidate’s page. A few tips:

  • You must be logged in to submit a question or comment.
  • Scroll through the questions and/or comments that have already been posted, if any. Then type your question or comment in the ‘Join the discussion…’ box.
  • Click ‘Post Comment.’

You can comment on questions or other comments by clicking ‘Reply’ to their submission or clicking on the thumbs up or thumbs down to indicate your preference on the proposal. You can also choose to receive an email when someone comments on a particular proposal by using the ‘Manage subscription’ function.

This tool provides a way for members to monitor comments. You have two options. By choosing ‘Notify of new comments’ and then clicking ‘Subscribe,’ you will receive an email notification each time a new question or comment is made to that page.

By choosing ‘Notify of new replies to my comments’ and then clicking ‘Subscribe,’ you will receive an email notification each time a new comment is made to your question or comment only.