2020 ACLU-PA Board Elections

Pursuant to the bylaws of the ACLU of Pennsylvania, the organization’s 25-member board of directors consists of 13 members elected by chapters and 12 members elected at-large by ACLU members from across Pennsylvania. At-large delegates are not selected from specific regions, chapters or constituencies. All terms are for three years. All Directors are eligible for a second three-year term. Directors’ terms are staggered so that about a third of the board members’ terms expire each year. After the completion of two full three-year terms, no Director is eligible for election to the board for at least one year, except as necessary to allow a board officer to complete their service. A candidate for election to the board may be nominated by the board’s standing Nominating Committee or by petition. In the event that the number of qualified nominees does not exceed the number of openings, then under the by-laws the Secretary of the board casts a unanimous ballot for the uncontested slate, and no general election is held. Otherwise, an election among all ACLU-PA members is held each fall, for terms beginning at the recess of the Board’s annual December meeting.

To ensure broad-based, statewide leadership, each of the 13 chapter-elected seats on the board represents 1/13 – that is, 7.7% – of the membership. 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 all the members living in the geographic areas of chapters with less than 7.7 percent of the membership (known as “lower membership chapters”). The board’s philosophy, however, is that no Director serves as a “representative” of any chapter; rather, all board members, once elected, are expected to exercise their duties and responsibilities in the best interests of the ACLU-PA and its members as a whole.

  • This year, the ACLU-PA will elect five at-large directors for three-year terms. 
  • Members of the lower membership chapters will vote to elect one director for a three-year term.  

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 govern a non-profit corporation. The overarching theme of every board election is a commitment to a diversity of representation:

  • geographic diversity
  • racial/ethnic diversity
  • gender diversity
  • persons from a range of age groups
  • persons with disabilities

Nominees for At-Large Members of the Board of Directors

In accordance with the by-laws, any 50 members of the ACLU-PA may by petition nominate a candidate for the board of directors. Any member of the ACLU in good standard and residing within Pennsylvania is eligible for nomination to be an at-large member of the Board of Directors. Petitions for candidates must include the signatures of 50 current ACLU-PA members.

  • Petition form for at-large members (download pdf at the bottom of the page)

Signed petitions must be in the hands of the nominating committee by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 16, 2020. Mail your petition to ACLU-PA Board Nominations, P.O. Box 11761, Harrisburg, PA 17108 or you can email scanned petitions to hbginfo@aclupa.org (if you email, please mail the originals afterward).

The full slate of candidates – including both those selected by the nominating committee and those nominated by petition – will be included on the final ballot. In accordance with the bylaws amendment passed by the membership in Fall 2017, however, if the number of nominees does not exceed the number of Directors to be elected, the Board Secretary shall cast a unanimous ballot for the unopposed nominees, and they shall be declared to be elected. If the number of nominees exceeds the number of available seats (a contested election), members will receive a ballot via mail as an insert in the fall edition of the ACLU- PA newsletter. 

Nominees for Lower Membership Chapters Member of the Board of Directors 

In accordance with the bylaws, any 25 members of the ACLU-PA lower membership chapters (see list below) may nominate by petition a candidate to be placed on the ballot for representative from the lower membership chapters. Petitions for candidates for representative from the lower membership chapters to the board of trustees must include the signatures of 25 ACLU-PA members residing in the lower membership chapter areas. 

  • Petition form for lower membership chapter representative (download document at bottom of the page)

Signed petitions must be in the hands of the Nominating Committee by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 16, 2020. Mail your petition to ACLU-PA Board Nominations, P.O. Box 11761, Harrisburg, PA 17108 or you can email scanned petitions to hbginfo@aclupa.org (if you email, please mail the originals afterward).

For the seven “lower membership” chapters, which are listed below, there is one seat to be filled this year. The individual elected will be a delegate from ALL SEVEN lower membership chapters; not just a delegate of their own chapter constituency.

The full slate of candidates – including both those selected by the nominating committee and those nominated by the petition – will be included on the final ballot. 

In accordance with the bylaws amendment passed by the membership in Fall 2017, if the number of nominees does not exceed the number of Directors to be elected, the Board Secretary shall cast a unanimous ballot for the unopposed nominees, and they shall be declared to be elected. If the number of nominees exceeds the number of available seats (a contested election), members will receive a ballot via mail as an insert in the fall edition of the ACLU- PA newsletter. 

ACLU-PA Lower Membership Chapters 

In order to be eligible to be nominated or to nominate a candidate for delegate to the Board of Directors from the Lower-Membership Chapters, you must be a member in good standing of the ACLU who lives within the geographic boundaries of one of the following ACLU-PA chapters.

  • Northeast Chapter includes the counties of Susquehanna, Wyoming, Luzerne, Lackawanna, Wayne, Pike, Monroe and Carbon
  • Greater Lehigh Valley Chapter includes the counties of Schuylkill, Lehigh, Northampton, and Berks
  • Central Chapter includes the counties of Clearfield, Cameron, Centre, Mifflin, Huntingdon, and Clinton
  • Williamsport Chapter includes the counties of Lycoming, Bradford, Tioga, Potter, and Sullivan
  • Central Susquehanna Chapter includes the counties of Union, Snyder, Montour, Northumberland, and Columbia
  • Keystone Chapter includes the counties of Bedford, Blair, Cambria, and Somerset
  • Northwest Chapter includes the counties of Clarion, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, McKean, Mercer, Venango, and Warren

(Note: The three largest ACLU-PA chapters – Philadelphia, South Central, and Pittsburgh – elect their delegates directly, and therefore those members are not eligible to participate in the election for Lower-Membership Chapter delegate.)