Late Winter/Early Spring – The secretary of the university sends an email to alumni who have an email address on file with the university, notifying them of their eligibility to vote in the upcoming election. Alumni are given the opportunity to update their contact information and may opt in to receive election materials and a paper ballot by U.S. mail.
Early Spring – The election launches. Alumni with email addresses on file are sent a unique election validation number and invited to cast their ballots electronically via the official election website. Alumni who requested a paper ballot will receive one via U.S. mail.
Alumni who cannot be reached via email will receive a postcard in the mail with instructions on how to vote online. (Alumni who prefer to vote via paper ballot may request paper materials before May 10, 2018. Please make this request as early as possible, and allow enough time for the ballot to be returned before the deadline.)
Late May – The University Charter specifies that the election ends on the eve of Commencement.
In 2018 the voting deadline is Sunday, May 20, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Late ballots will not be counted.
Late May/Early June – The results of the election are publicly announced. An email is sent to alumni, and results are published on the Office of the Secretary and Association of Yale Alumni websites.