AFA Elections | FAQ

2024 Election Process

How will the election be executed? 

In January 2024, AFA’s Board of Directors approved for the 2024 election year to execute an in-person National Convention and leverage a new digital election platform for credentialled voters for AFA National Officer elections only. Elections are no longer a function of the National Convention. Voters will have a window to vote for the candidates of their choosing for open Board positions. However, in 2024 only, with any governance changes that may be brought to a vote at the 2024 National Convention, these votes will be cast by only the delegates in attendance only with a one-to-one vote (no block voting) as in years past.

The election process will then transition into a fully hybrid National Convention (virtual and in-person attendance) in 2025 that will include National Officer elections and any formal governance changes for all in-person and virtual voters.

When will the election be executed? 

There will be a 14-day voting window for elections. The voting period for the 2024 elections will open for voting at midnight on September 1, and will close at 11:59 EDT, on Saturday 14.  

Saturday, September 14 is also the first day of AFA’s 2024 National Convention. Note: there will be electronic voting support available for delegates in attendance who wish to hold off casting their vote until Saturday to have time to caucus with their region if they so choose.  Tablets will be available Saturday to cast votes at the National Convention, but personal electronic devices can be used as well.

When will the election results be announced?

At the end of the voting period (11:59 EDT, Saturday, September 14), the Elections Committee will validate the votes and present those results to AFA’s Chair of the Board on Sunday, September 15. Results will be presented to those in attendance at the 2024 National Convention, as well as communicated through our digital elections platform to all credentialed voters not in attendance.

Why is AFA changing the election processes?

AFA wants as many individual authorized voters as possible to have a chance to cast a ballot and have their voice heard.  Did you know – in the last 10 years, only 30% of the authorized delegates attended the National Convention?  That means 70% of the votes cast for National Officers were part of a block vote equal to the remaining authorized number of a state’s delegation.  In the past, this process has created some discrepancies in the paper ballot voting process which the Inspectors of Elections had to adjudicate.

With the passing of the new AFA Bylaws, electronic voting enables all authorized voters for a state’s delegation (last year’s total number of votes that could be cast was 425) to be able to vote without being present at the National Convention.  Plus, this process will improve accuracy and efficiency when tallying votes.

Voter Selection and Credentialing

How are voters selected?

In mid-July AFA State Presidents will receive communication from the Vice Chair of the Board, Field Operations which includes the 2024 Voting Strength Report. This report is based on affiliated and non-affiliated members in each state as of June 30, 2024, which will result in the number of authorized votes allowed for their state’s delegation.  

State Presidents will communicate with their members to solicit interest of who would like to be included on their State Rosters of authorized voters.  If you are interested in being considered by your State President to be added to your State Delegation Roster(s), please reach out to your State President before the August 9 deadline.

Who is eligible to vote?

To be eligible to vote you must:

  • Be added by your State President to his/her State Roster(s)
  • Reside in the same state of the State Roster your name has been added to.
  • Be an active AFA member in good standing during the voting period.
  • If attending as a Head of Delegation or Delegate at the National Convention, in addition to above, proof that you have registered and paid your Delegate fee.