Pursuant to the bylaws of the ACLU of Pennsylvania, the board of directors consists of 12 members elected at-large by ACLU members from across Pennsylvania and 13 members elected by chapters. All terms are for three years. All are eligible for a second three-year term. After the completion of two full three-year terms, no director is eligible for election to the board for at least one year. Of those members elected by chapters, some are elected by chapters with at least 7.7 percent of the total state membership (higher membership chapters) and the balance are elected by members living in the geographic areas of chapters with less than 7.7 percent of the membership (known as lower membership chapters).
This year, the members of the ACLU-PA will elect five (5) at-large directors and two (2) lower membership chapter directors, each for full three-year terms.
At-large delegates do not represent specific regions, chapters or constituencies. Lower membership chapter delegates represent all of the lower membership chapters collectively. All board members are expected to exercise their duties and responsibilities in the best interests of the ACLU-PA and all its members.
Members will receive the ballot via mail as an insert in the fall edition of the ACLU-PA newsletter.
Annual elections allow the organization to meet its commitment to diversity and equity and to elect candidates that possess the types of balanced skill sets that are needed to effectively run the organization. However, the overarching theme of the board election is a commitment to a diversity of representation:
In accordance with the by-laws, any 50 members of the ACLU-PA may by petition nominate an at-large candidate for the board of directors. Petitions for candidates must include the signatures of 50 current ACLU-PA members. Petitions for lower membership chapter candidates for the board of directors must include signatures of twenty-five (25) current ACLU-PA members who do not reside within the geographic boundaries of the current higher membership chapters as defined in ACLU-PA By-Laws, Chapter IV.
Signed petitions must be in the hands of the nominating committee by 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 30, 2017. Mail your petition to ACLU-PA Board Nominations, 247 Fort Pitt Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15222 or fax to 412-681-8707 or email scanned petitions to firstname.lastname@example.org (if you email or fax, please mail the originals afterward).
The full slate of eligible candidates – including both those selected by the nominating committee and those nominated by the petition – will be included on the final ballot. Members will receive the ballot via mail as an insert in the fall edition of the ACLU- PA newsletter.