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Voting rules and procedures

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Who may nominate, run and vote in chapter elections:

  • The UFT Constitution does not provide for co-chapter leaders. If a chapter chooses to have a co-chapter leader, it may only be on an informal basis. Only one name may be submitted as chapter leader of record.
  • Any full-time member may nominate, run for a position and vote in a school’s election if they are on the school’s permanent table of organization or assigned to the school on the first Monday in May of an election year.
  • Only teachers are eligible to nominate, run for and vote for school DA delegate. They must be on the school’s table of organization or assigned to the school on the first Monday in May of an election year and must have signed the union card at least 60 days prior to the election.
  • Secretaries, guidance counselors, paraprofessionals and other functional chapter members are represented in the Delegate Assembly through their functional chapters and may stand for election as delegate from their functional chapters.
  • District 75 and District 79 members nominate and are nominated for chapter office in their District 75 or District 79 school. District 75 or District 79 members and others who are permanently housed in the school building may vote in that chapter leader election.
  • Nonmembers may not nominate, run or vote in chapter elections. A list of nonmembers shall be provided to each chapter Election Committee.
  • Every school is entitled to elect a paraprofessional representative and the vote may take place at the same time as the chapter election. Only paraprofessionals may nominate, run and vote for paraprofessional representatives.
  • Persons on split assignment shall vote in their payroll school. Like others, these members must vote telephonically using that chapter’s unique PIN number. F-status substitutes (those with regularly scheduled part-time assignments) may vote in their school’s election.

General chapter election procedures: 

  • Candidates may not serve on the Election Committee.
  • Nominations should be submitted to the Election Committee either in writing at a chapter meeting, through school mailboxes or by hand delivery to a designated committee member. A written Nomination Form should specify the person’s name, position, the closing date for nominations and the name of the person who should receive the form. However, this does not preclude voice nominations at a chapter meeting. The Election Committee must submit nominations for contested positions to the UFT Membership Department by Monday, April 19.
  • A Notice of Election is placed in every UFT member’s mailbox at all school sites and annexes, and post it on the UFT bulletin board at each annex and site at least three school days prior to the date for nominations. All members will receive an email notifying them of the election and when to vote telephonically.
  • Should any position be uncontested, meaning there is only one person nominated, the election committee must certify and complete the official chapter certification data form and send that document to the UFT Membership Department. This should be submitted no later than April 19, 2021.
  • Should any positions have no nominations, the Election Committee shall notify the UFT Membership Department no later than May 3, 2021.
  • Only ballots received by AAA on or before June 18, 2021, shall be counted.