How the Elections Work

Who will I be voting for?

  • For this election most people will be voting only for the seven Citywide Officer Candidates.
  • If you work in Valley East or Valley West, you will be voting for your Area Directors. Area board members are divided into UTLA’s two national affiliates. There are four directors in each area, three NEA and one AFT. Valley East will be voting for both NEA and AFT directors and Valley West will only be voting for NEA directors. Valley West AFT and the NEA and AFT candidates for North, South, East, West, Harbor, and Central were all unopposed.
  • If you teach in Adult Education, work as a Substitute Teacher, or have a Bilingual Credential, you will be voting for your Special Directors. The candidates for Early Ed, Special Ed, and Health and Human Services Director were unopposed.

How can I find out more about the candidates?

  • For all races, review the Candidate Flyers, read their Statements and check out their Social Media Links via utlaelections.org/candidates/. Also see candidate statements in the Special Election Edition of the United Teacher.
  • For the Citywide Officers be sure to watch their Video Statements and listen to the candidates respond to these Three Questions:
    1. What do you hope to accomplish if elected and how would you begin to accomplish that goal?
    2. What do you see as the biggest threat to our union and the membership and what do you think UTLA must do to prepare for this challenge?
    3. After most elections, there are bad feelings between factions within the union. What would you do to unite the membership?
  • Visit utlaelections.org/candidates/ to find these resources and learn about Citywide Officer Candidates, and Area and Special Director Candidates. Many of the unopposed Director candidates chose to submit a statement so if you work in a UTLA Area where the Directors were unopposed you can see who your new Directors will be.
  • If you have questions you can email the candidates. Their email addresses are also available from the link above.
  • See the Member FAQs for more information.

What should I do if I don’t get a ballot, lose it or it’s incorrect?

  • Complete the Replacement Ballot Request Form to get a replacement ballot.
  • Ballots will be mailed out on Feb. 3rd by the election company.
  • If you don’t get a ballot by February 6th, submit a request for replacement ballot from the link above.
  • If you lose or damage your ballot or there is something wrong, request a replacement as soon as you realize there’s a problem.
  • Your replacement ballot will have the same PIN you received with your original ballot. You may use your PIN and vote online or mail in your paper ballot.
  • The deadline for requesting a replacement ballot is February 14th at 5:00 pm.
  • Remember to mail your replacement ballot promptly or vote electronically because ballots must be received before February 28th. If you vote electronically you can vote until 8:00 am February 28th.