Frequently Asked Questions

For your convenience, answers to some of the most common inquiries about the election and related topics are addressed below and on the About the Election page of this website.

If your question has not been answered by the information provided on either of these pages, please contact the Office of Institutional Affairs by email or call (203) 432-4284.

Am I eligible to vote in the election?

According to the University Charter, all graduates of Yale College who have held their degrees for five years or more, all alumni of the graduate and professional schools, and all recipients of Yale honorary degrees are eligible to vote in the alumni fellow election.

Who oversees the election?

The Office of Institutional Affairs manages the election on behalf of the Yale Alumni Association.

The university engages Election Services Corporation, a firm that is expert in providing these services to higher education, corporate, and nonprofit organization clients, to manage the distribution of election materials and the tallying of votes.

Why did I receive an email from Election Services Corporation?

The university engages Election Services Corporation of Melville, New York, to manage the distribution of election materials and the tallying of votes. Prior to the launch of the election, all eligible alumni who have an email address on file with the university receive a communication from Election Services with instructions for requesting paper voting materials. (All election materials are sent electronically unless paper materials are requested.) Once the election launches, Election Services notifies eligible voters and provides instructions for voting. 

Alumni who do not have email addresses on file with the university receive election materials via postal mail.

How do I request a paper ballot?

In early spring, alumni who have an email address on file with the university receive an email notifying them of their eligibility to vote in the upcoming election. The email includes a link where alumni may opt in to receive election materials and a paper ballot by U.S. mail. Unless a paper ballot is specifically requested, the election materials are distributed electronically. 

When the election launches, alumni who cannot be reached via email receive a postcard with instructions on how to vote online or request a paper ballot.

Alumni may also request a paper ballot by contacting Election Services Corporation by email or by calling 1-866-720-HELP (4357) between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET. Please make this request before May 8, 2020.

If I requested and received a paper ballot, can I vote online?

Yes. All alumni who receive a paper ballot may choose to vote electronically by visiting the website provided in the election materials and logging in with the unique election validation number provided on the ballot.

When is the election deadline?

All votes must be received by May 17, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET in order to be counted.

What should I do if I have trouble casting my ballot?

If you have difficulty voting or have questions about voting online, please contact Election Services Corporation by email or call 1-866-720-HELP (4357) between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET.

General questions about the election should be directed to the Office of Institutional Affairs by email or by phone at (203) 432-4284.

When will the election results be announced?

The results of the election are typically announced in late May or early June.

Can I nominate a candidate for a future slate?

Yes! The Alumni Fellow Nominating Committee welcomes your nominations.

Submit a nomination.

Where can I learn more about the Yale Corporation (the university’s board of trustees)?

In addition to the Yale Corporation page of this website, which provides a brief summary of the Corporation and its role, visit the Board of Trustees website to learn about the composition of the board, its committees, its current and former trustees, and their roles. The website also features information about what happens at meetings and the governing and historic documents that guide the trustees’ activities and responsibilities.

How do I update my contact information with the university?

Alumni who vote electronically are given the option to update their contact information on file with the university; however, you may update your information at any time.

Alumni who are registered members of the Yale Online Alumni Community can view and/or update their contact information through the Online Directory. When you reach the webpage, use the log in link to access your profile and make changes.

If you have not yet registered, but would be interested in doing so, you will find registration instructions by following the log in link.

You may also submit your updated information to Gift and Records Services.

How do I leave feedback about the election?

We welcome your input about your voting experience and any other component of the election. Feedback should be directed to the Office of Institutional Affairs.

How do I get involved with Yale as a member of the alumni community?

The Yale Alumni Association (YAA) provides many ways for alumni of all ages to engage with the university. To learn more, visit the YAA website.