Harvard Forward is a movement to elect three recent alumni to the Board of Overseers on a platform of climate action, racial justice, and inclusive governance.
We need all eligible alumni to vote for the Harvard Forward Three by May 18th. Last year, less than 15% of alumni voted. It takes two minutes to vote online!
Ballots must be received by Harvard by May 18th, 2021 at 5:00 pm ET.
If you have issues voting or questions about the voting process, view Harvard's election FAQ.
By filling out this form, you agree to receive email communications from Harvard Forward.
STEP TWO: FIND YOUR BALLOT
Option A: Online Ballot
Option B: Paper Ballot
On April 1st, you should have received an email from Harvard with your personalized link to vote online.
This email may come from Harvard's third-party election company, Election Services Corporation.
Be sure to check your spam and your secondary inboxes! Many Gmail users find this email in their "Promotions" tab.
You will receive this email at the address that Harvard has on file in the alumni database. If you'd like to check or change your email address on file, you can do it yourself directly on the alumni directory or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You should receive a paper ballot from the Harvard Elections committee during the first few days of April, unless you have previously opted-out from paper ballots.
The ballot should be sent to the mailing address that Harvard has on file in the alumni database. If you want to check or change your mailing address on file, you can do it yourself directly on the alumni directory or email email@example.com.
Remember that paper ballots must be received by Harvard by May 18th at 5 pm ET.
FIVE STEPS TO VOTE FOR HARVARD FORWARD
Call the Election Services Co. help desk toll-free at 1-866-720-4357 (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm ET) or email the help desk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please include your name, mailing address, degree, and graduation year.
If you didn't receive an email, you can also use the unique election validation number (EVN) on your paper ballot to go online and vote.
You can also click here to access Harvard's election FAQ or contact for additional support from the HF team.
Can't find your ballots or having trouble voting?
STEP THREE: VOTE FOR THE HARVARD FORWARD CANDIDATES
The three Harvard Forward candidates will be listed on the second part of the Board of Overseers ballot under the "Nominated by petition" section.
Please vote for all three.
The Harvard Forward Candidates:
Megan Red Shirt-Shaw
Dr. Yvette Efevbera
Screenshot of online ballot
"Officers of government and instruction" of the University are ineligible to vote in the Board of Overseers election. Harvard interprets this very broadly to include anyone with a professional affiliation to the University, including faculty, teaching fellows, residential and non-res tutors, research assistants, and more.
However, if you think you've wrongfully been deemed ineligible, please email so we can help!
Don't see the option to vote in the Overseer election?
You can vote for up to 5 candidates. What should you do if...
...you want to maximize the Harvard Forward candidates' chances of being elected?
In elections where voters are able to cast multiple votes and there are multiple winners, the best strategy for maximizing the chances that your favorite candidates are elected is to
vote only for the candidates that you want to win, also known as plump voting.
not required to vote for 5 candidates unless they want to, so if your goal is to maximize the likelihood that the Harvard Forward candidates are elected, then you can choose to submit your ballot with only 3 votes.
...you want to protest Harvard's new restrictions on petition candidates?
When alumni protesting Harvard's investments in apartheid South Africa won Board seats by petition in the 1980s, Harvard changed the rules to limit petition candidacies. After Harvard Forward won three seats last summer, Harvard changed the rules again, limiting the democratic input of alumni on the nomination process. Now, a maximum of 6 petition-nominated candidates can sit on the board of 30 Overseers at any one time. No limits previously existed.
Let Harvard know you value the democratic nature of our elections by voting for the 3 Harvard Forward candidates and
writing-in 2 of the most well-known candidates from the South African divestment petition efforts:- Archbishop Desmond Tutu, LLD '79- Barack Obama, JD '91 (see image)
...you want to vote for two Harvard-nominated candidates in addition to the Harvard Forward candidates?
Harvard Forward is refraining from making any recommendations on Harvard's nominees for the Board of Overseers. The University has nominated a strong slate full of great candidates and diverse perspectives, and we encourage alumni to do their own research into the
candidates' views before deciding which ones to support.
HAA Elected Director Candidates
On the ballot for HAA elected director, we encourage you to vote for the following candidates who have indicated their alignment with Harvard Forward's goals. We will continue to expand this list as more candidates respond to our questionnaire:
Maiya Williams Verrone
STEP FOUR: SUBMIT YOUR BALLOT
Online ballot: Once you select the candidates, make sure to hit continue and then hit the final "submit" button! You should get a confirmation.
Paper ballot: Drop it in the mail. Make sure it will be received by Harvard by May 18th at 5 pm ET or it will not be counted.
STEP FIVE: TRIPLE YOUR VOTE AND SPREAD THE WORD!
Triple your vote below and encourage your alumni friends to vote by sharing on social media or using the templates from our Digital Amplification Toolkit. You can also sign up to volunteer to get more involved!