How the AYD Elections Work

Updated: November 15, 2014.

1) Members who wish to nominate themselves for AYD elected office, or apply for an appointed position are invited to submit a candidate statement or an application by clicking here to submit our application form.

If you have problems with submitting your statement or application, you may send an email to both AND

The candidate statement for elected office must be received no later than 11:59 PM on Sunday, November 16th. The candidate statement must be no longer than 200 words (400 words in the case of the election for President).  Statements will be cut off at exactly 200 hundred words (400 for president).

Candidate statements received by 11:59 PM on November 16th will be distributed to the AYD email list on Tuesday, November 18th and posted on the AYD website beginning on Nov. 12.

Applications for appointed office will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but no decisions about appointments will occur until after the 2015 AYD Board is inaugurated.

At the election meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 7:00 pm, the order of elections shall follow the order in which positions are listed in the Article IV, Section 1 of the constitution: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Finance Director, Party Representative, Political Action Director, Outreach Director, Community Service Director. Upon calling an office for election, the moderator shall read the names of those candidates who have already placed themselves into nomination.

Each candidate shall have two minutes to speak (three minutes in the case of the election for President); the speaking order will be chosen at random. Candidates shall be signaled when 30 seconds, 10 seconds, and 0 seconds remain in their allotted time. The moderator shall give candidates consideration to finish the point that they are making when the 0 second signal is shown, though the moderator may bring any candidate who abuses said consideration to a close (the indulgence of the candidates to finish swiftly is appreciated).

3) Votes will be cast by paper ballot. A plurality, defined in the AYD bylaws as the greatest share of votes cast, is required to win the election. In the case of a tie for the most votes, members will vote again choosing from amongst those candidates who were tied with the largest vote totals. Additional speaking time shall be allocated if no candidates were eliminated in the prior round of voting.

The moderator may proceed to the subsequent election while ballots are still being counted for prior elections; however, any candidate standing in an election whose ballots are being counted may request that the proceedings wait until that count is completed and the moderator shall honor such a request.

If you have any questions about the rules or the procedure, please contact Gordon at

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