Elections

Article 14, Local Union Elections

Section 1. The first election for Local Union executive officers shall take place as soon as possible in the 2015 Fall semester. The next subsequent election will take place in April or May 2018 and shall take place in April or May every three (3) years thereafter. Installation of officers shall take place at the next Executive Board or membership meeting following the election, except as otherwise authorized by the UAW International Executive Board.

Section 2. The members of the Local Union shall be notified for nomination and election of Local Union executive officers and other elected positions. The notice shall be announced at a membership meeting, distributed by e-mail, posted on the Local Union website and at the Local Union offices, and in accordance with the UAW Guide for Local Union Elections Committees. The notice shall include the dates, times, and places of the election and possible run-off elections, the date and time of the close of the nomination period, and instructions for accepting nomination as described in this Article.

Section 3. All members in good standing shall be nominated automatically for all Local Union offices. Any member may accept nomination by submitting in writing a statement of acceptance to the Recording Secretary of the Elections Committee. Members may only accept nomination for one (1) Executive Board position. The statement of acceptance shall state how their name should appear on the ballot. Each member accepting nomination may also submit a candidate statement of up to five hundred (500) words to the Recording Secretary. Statements of acceptance and candidate statements may be submitted separately or together, and may be submitted in person, by physical mail, or by e-mail. Statements of acceptance and candidate statements must be received by the Recording Secretary no later than ten (10) days after the notice for nomination. After the deadline on accepting nominations has expired, no election of write-in candidates shall be accepted. All Local Union executive officers shall be elected at-large, by a majority of votes cast, for three (3) year terms.

Section 4. Candidate statements shall be distributed simultaneously at least seven (7) days before the election, by email and posting on the Local Union website and at the Local Union office. Candidate statements will be made available during the election in accordance with the UAW Guide for Local Union Elections Committees.

Section 5. Apart from the resources described in this Article that are to be provided equally to all candidates, no other Local Union resources may be used by any candidate to campaign for Local Union office.

Section 6. The election shall be held no sooner than fourteen (14) days after the close of nominations. It shall be conducted by secret ballot, and balloting shall be conducted so as to afford all members a reasonable opportunity to vote. Every voting member must cast their vote personally.

Section 7. Upon the close of the polls, all ballots shall be conveyed promptly to one location for the ballot count. The Elections Committee shall count the ballots.

Section 8. Each candidate may designate one (1) member of the Local Union to be present at each of the polling places and at the ballot count as a challenger.

Section 9. Following each election, the Elections Committee shall report in writing a canvas of the results of the election to the Executive Board and members. The report shall be announced at the next membership meeting, distributed by e-mail, and posted on the Local Union website. Protests of election results must be raised within seven (7) days of the closing of the polls or at the next Executive Board meeting or membership meeting, whichever is latest. A protest must either be in writing, or delivered in person at the next Executive Board meeting or membership meeting following the election. If written, the protest must be received by the Local Union Recording Secretary before the deadline; any protest received beyond the deadline as described above will not be considered.

Section 10. The membership may order a new election, either in acting upon a protest or in ratification of a recommendation of the Elections Committee. In the event the membership should order a new election, the matter shall be submitted to the President of the International Union, UAW, in accord with the International Constitution.

Section 11. If any elected office other than President shall become vacant, that office shall be filled by election in accordance with Article 38, Section 14 of the International Constitution.